Week 49 – Take a deep breath

We all go through difficult times in life. Moments of change, moments of anger, loss,  pain, or concern, which we think will never pass. This week I witnessed a tense moment in the life of many British citizens. Here in the UK, we held a referendum to decide if people wanted to stay in the European Community or to leave. Much speculation generated much uncertainty, ever since our Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced the date of the referendum. For months we had fluctuations in the British currency, the Sterling, we had many investors campaigning to stay, and others to leave. We had politicians from various parties joining these sides to strengthen their ideas.

The long-awaited day has come, and to the sorrow of many and the joy of others, the vote was closed with a greater number of people opting out of the European Community. It was a shock to many people, because we know how humans usually react when facing changes. My point is this; the people who voted to continue in the European Community, unfortunately have to accept the wish of the majority, which is to leave. This makes us understand that we cannot control what is out of our control. It seems obvious, right? Yes, but we often want to control what we cannot, and with this comes frustration and stress.

I know it is not easy when we are going through times of suffering and uncertainty, to control emotions such as the worry that we feel. Questions begin to sprout in your mind, like: Will we be all right? Will we endure all this? Is our case resolvable? We may face times like this in two ways: We can be pessimistic, believing that our problem will never be solved. Or we can accept our present situation, believing that God is in control, and live out what Paul says in Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” So take a moment and take a deep breath, take another deep breath, and ask God to calm your heart, whatever you are going through. The calm can come in through those deep breaths and by recognising the power of our creator.

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