“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
For many people before the pandemic, the workplace was an environment where they more keenly felt the stress and anxiety associated with meeting deadlines, being a part of meetings, and many other stresses that we considered part of our jobs. One of the hardest adjustments to make has been coming to terms with the fact that home has now become that place of stress. Rather than being able to come home and relax, we now struggle with having to balance the responsibilities of work and home life in the same space.
Learning how to use new formats of communicating with people online can often be frustrating and confusing, and for those of us with family constantly around us it can be difficult to focus. On the other hand, those who are now unable to meet with and spend time with the people that helped bring us peace and encouragement face the challenges of isolation. Music often has the ability to draw us away from the immediacy of our stress and give us something else to focus on, even if it is just for a few minutes.
The song ‘God I look to you’ speaks of asking God for the wisdom to know ‘just what to do.’ What we need more than anything else during this time of stress and fear is God’s help to see things from His perspective. When we speak to God about our stress and anxiety, remember to thank Him for both the good things in our lives as well as this unique opportunity to challenge ourselves to grow in ways we cannot yet see. Remember, the power God is so much greater than our current crisis, and He can bring us to a place of peace if we only have the strength to ask.