This morning as I got in my car for my usual drive to work I decided to do something different. Usually, I turn on the radio only to get bombarded with a barrage of horrible news of apocalyptical proportions. It appears that the sky is going to fall on us all and. . .well. . .this and that is just terrifying. . .
As I turned my key to back out of my driveway I caught a glimpse of the sunlight filtering through the tree branches; I heard birds singing as they winged across the pale blue sky. The soft hint of jasmine caught on the cool morning breeze. Indeed, at least in my little corner of the world, there is beauty and peace. Why would I want to disrupt my joy by listening to the litany of bad news that some people have made a career on? Let’s face it, newscaster and politicians make a ton of money keeping us all at each other’s throats and keeping us afraid of living.
Truth is the world is a good place; there are good people. But, if you listen to the news (it doesn’t matter which station or which political party that is supporting it) you would think that all there is is death, evil, and destruction.
When in fact this is God’s world; he alone is in control.
So, instead of tuning into the usual fearmongering, I tuned into the Holy Spirit and I asked the Holy Spirit to accompany me in my day and to protect those whom I love and to grant me peace and freedom from anxiety, and to protect me and those whom I love from evil.
In my commute to work, I prayed to the Holy Spirit for all these things that make my life peaceful. I prayed for those who do evil, that their hearts would be changed and that they come to know the truth of God’s love, and peace.
On this morning commute, I felt at peace.
Right now, I feel at peace.
We have to be intentional in our life with what will move us forward.
Faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will move us forward because we know that we are loved, that we are protected no matter what this world might throw at us.
Tomorrow morning, and from now on, I plan to spend my morning commute praying to the Holy Spirit.
I encourage you to turn off your radio, or I-phone, or whatever device you might use, and simply listen to the world around you, and to pray, and spend time with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Put away your social media; unplug for a few hours a day. Go outside.
God’s world is truly beautiful.
You will miss the beauty if you continue staring at a computer screen!
Jenny W. Andrews copyright 2022