Imagine the optometrist asks, "Can you read the words in Isaiah 26:3?"
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
There's so much happening in the world right now. We're dealing with a global health crisis. For those of us from NYC or even those in Miami are experiencing what it's like to be in the epicenter of COVID-19. With this has come economic hardship for some, health scares, challenging family dynamics, job insecurity, and then the increasing cries for racial justice, the divisions in this country over social inequalities, the police state, and mask wearing. It can be hard to find any peace. It can be hard to find any relief or solace from hearing bad news or from getting angry over the state of the world. It's impossible to do if most of our day, most of our energy and focus is on social media, on the news, on our shifting circumstances, or on people.
It's not wrong to spend some time on social media, or to watch the news to stay informed, it's not wrong to have conversations with our friends and family about the state of the world. However, that should not be where our focus lies, it should not be a place where our mind dwells. When we find ourselves more preoccupied with what everyone else has to say about what's going except what the word of God has to say, we have lost our focus. When we lose our focus, we find ourselves living in fear, in anger, unable to experience the peace and the abundant life that was promised to us. We live in the one of the most anxious generations. I believe that the multiplicity of our distractions may have something to do with it.
Believer, care deeply about all that is happening in this world. Saturate those concerns in prayer, take action to advocate for justice and goodness in accordance to the word of God, but do not lose your hope, do not lose your peace, do not lose your focus.