Peace, No Matter What
Arti Nehru, Los Angeles
You know those people, who always seem happy? Nothing seems to get them down…they’re always smiling, patient, worry-free? Well, I’ve always wanted to be one of them. But I’m not.
Some days I’m super happy, some days I feel down. Outward circumstances seem to dictate my mood. I get praised at work, I’m happy. I’m looking for work and I’m frustrated until I land that perfect job. Not the best way to live, I know. I’ve always wanted to know the secret to being more internally, emotionally, and spiritually stable.
This is what I have learned helps me:
Prayer is the most powerful thing in the universe. It releases God’s power in your life. It presents an opportunity for you to surrender your worries to a higher power, which in turn allows you to enter a place of rest or peace.
The minute I feel like giving up or am overwhelmed by day-to-day life, I know I need to spend time with God. Because when a person feels down, it is easy to give up. It is easy to complain. It is easy to feel sorry for yourself. And it is easy to give in to temptations. But spending time in prayer can be your weapon against all those negative feelings and can help turn your frown upside down.
The Bible says, “Cast your care on Him.” Easier said than done, right? But really, if we start thinking and speaking these types of scriptures out loud, it becomes easier to practice. When worry seems to consume me- attending holy congregations, reading scriptures and surrounding myself with positive devotees always seems to do the trick. These things remind me I don’t have to waste my time trying to do what only God can do. They remind me uncertainty is inevitable but worrying is optional. They remind me I can choose to trust God in every situation and that when I do that, I will automatically enter a state of peace…a state of rest.
I once heard this story about a man who was tortured during the Holocaust and he said his attitude was something no one could take away from him. Wow! In such an extreme situation, that man held on to a spiritual state of rest.
When you realize God is in charge, you realize you do not have to try to figure everything out. You can replace over-rationalization with faith. You can rest easy like that person who is always smiling.
Our lives are strengthened when we go to God in every situation. What wears us down is trying to do it all on our own. We all encounter challenges but we should not be fearful of them. In fact, when we connect with God there is a way to find ‘peace’ in the midst of everything going on. Through prayer, our situation may not change, but we can be changed. Our outlook can change. We can stop fighting what God is allowing to happen and reach a state of acceptance and rest.
When a storm is brewing, a chicken will run around in circles and try to hide. But an eagle, also a bird, does not run from a storm. An eagle waits for the storm to come and then uses the wind to lift itself above it. The eagle uses the storm to go higher. When we spend time with God, we too can rise above any challenge. We can experience “rest” in the midst of a storm. That rest comes through faith, trusting that God is working in our life.
You cannot be at peace when you are feeling worry or when you are anxious or mad. You cannot be at peace when you are busy coveting what someone else has instead of being thankful for what you have been blessed with. Those feelings waste time and do not accomplish anything. I have learned I do not have to be a victim of my circumstances. I can be at peace with where I am. Peace comes from knowing God, trusting in Him, spending time with Him, and by imbibing Godly values. This type of spiritual stability brings forth stability in other areas of our life – emotional, mental and physical. Hard to always practice, but hey~ I’m a work in progress
Arti Nehru is a California native. She has a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley where she completed a major in Mass Communications and minor in English.
Arti dabbled with her first major print and broadcast reporting assignments while she was in graduate school in Chicago. This included exploring life on Capitol Hill while being a Washington D.C. Correspondent for 7 CBS affiliates in Montana. Arti has also reported for KEYT-TV (ABC) in Santa Barbara where she was an On-Air general assignment reporter covering multiple stories on a daily basis for the evening newscasts.
In her free time, Arti loves to travel, volunteer, write in her journal, and spend time with her family. Her favorite hobbies are reading and mentoring children.
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Well said for living life peacefully but reference can be given from Bhagwat Gita as well.
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