We all act on instinct from time to time. If we touch something hot or sharp we immediately withdraw in pain. If we taste something unpleasant, the basic instinct is to spit it out. And when I hammer hard on my finger, missing the nail altogether, as I did this morning, believe me, my first instinct was not to say: “Jolly gosh, this was a tad uncomfortable for me !!!”.
I suppose the same applies when some terrible situation happens to us. The first instinct is probably fear, followed with a multitude of others such as confusion, doubts, worry, anger and so on.
But what if our first instinct in such situations was to immediately turn to God?
Instinctively, without thinking, turn to God for help, reassurance, guidance and peace.
What if our automatic reflex to any bad situation was an immediate reaching out to God? Before even the negative emotions come into play.
Wouldn’t that make our lives that much better? Because after all, God’s will for us is to have peace. Christ often greeted His disciples with the words “Peace be with you”.
So at the first sign of trouble, let’s turn to Him and ask: “Lord, grant me your peace in this situation.”
Years ago I knew a priest who was always calm and serene. Nothing seemed to rattle him, and I truly believe he had the Holy Spirit within him.
Once in a sermon he said: “I’ve made a deal with God. I carry out His work on earth to the best of my abilities; He takes care of the worries!”.
There’s a message for us to consider.