John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

If life had a name, then I’m sure its middle name would be Trouble with a capital T. First and last name? Constant Change! And we can get overwhelmed; we can get stuck; we can get overly attached; we can get numb; we can get depressed; we can get sweetened or hardened dealing with whatever life throws at us. Note that our hearts are fragile. We need to take good care of our hearts, or else we’ll be overcome by life’s middle name.

How we handle trouble is similar to digestion. Food is worthless and can actually kill us if our bowels refuse to work and our whole digestive system shuts down. Food has to be processed to be of any value. So does life. We need to take time to process life’s events, especially life changing events. Feeling pushed in a corner, powerless, angry, defeated, not knowing what to do definitely warrants a Time Out.

We need to take our hearts seriously and the best favor we can do to ourselves is to reconnect with our Creator. Knowing and believing that the Lord can help us will guard our hearts from descending into desperation.

I remember when I called my dad and he was unable to get to the phone I would listen to his voice message which went something like this:

“Sorry I can’t take your call right now, but you can leave me a message right after the beep. Lay it on me!”

My dad’s humor shone through in the last four words of his message: “Lay it on me!” Well the Lord has also left us with a message – His message of peace. Shortly before His death He told His followers (John 14:27):

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Jesus can connect us to peace like no other because He is the source of peace. The most precious ointment for a broken heart is the knowing that we are not alone and that God cares. His peace carries us through our worst nightmares. That’s the kind of peace the Lord has for us; and He wants to lay it on us – if we let Him.

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