Ever been to a government office before? I think almost everyone has. Well this week I had the privilege to spend my whole day, literally 8:30am to 6:30pm, in a government office; the only plus point was that my husband had taken the day off and was with me throughout.
There are many times in our lives we find ourselves in situations that are beyond frustrating; situations were the child inside of us wants to come out and stomp our feet and yell at the top of our voice. This Monday was exactly that for me.
Monday morning I got all my paperwork together and we left early to reach the Foreign Registration Office in time to get an early token.
As I was waiting in the line to get my token to go stand in the bigger line upstairs of the same building, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I literally felt I was part of some ‘Just for Laughs” gag. The duty officer’s desk was just to the left of the line up and there three officers were trying to crack a walnut with a key! The officers tried a few times, but each time the walnut rolled off the desk on to the floor. Finally one of them got a brilliant idea, they took the walnut to the security guard; this part I really wish I had recorded it. The security guard used the butt of his long shotgun to crack the walnut for the waiting officers!
Should I laugh or remind them of the Mission statement of the Registration Office, ironically found on the wall right behind the duty officer’s desk; which boasts of their aim to be efficient in providing service. Now it seemed that both efficiency and safety had been thrown out the window.
And that was the beginning of my long, long day at the Registration Office.
Why the long story? Well today I want to tell you three keys for remaining at peace when around you there is nothing but peace! Here goes:
1. Know Our Father is in Charge
There are many times in our lives that we seem to be not in control. Times we seem to be at the mercy of officials, bosses, professors, parents, colleagues, and the list goes on.
But there is one simple fact: No one else is in charge of your life except Jesus!
If you are a child of God, this is the truth in your life.
And this is exactly how Jesus lived.
The crowds and the chief priests rose up against Jesus, and it seemed they had gotten their way as Pilate sentenced Him to be crucified (Luke 23:23-25). But through out it all, Jesus remained peaceful, He didn’t raise His voice, He didn’t plead His case.
He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
How did Jesus remain at peace through the chaos? Only because He knew the truth that no one had any control over His life except His Father. He remained peaceful because He knew His Father’s will has the final say over any other man’s will.
This is the same in our life. Peace comes from knowing Jesus is in charge, no one else!
Whatever situation you find yourself in, keep reminding yourself: Jesus is in charge!
2. Pray in the Spirit.
It’s times like these when the gift of tongues strengthens my tired spirit that I truly thank Jesus for this gift!
As we sat, stood, and waited and had no more words to pray, the sweet prayers of the Holy Spirit carried us through. This is why Jesus told the disciples: don’t move an inch until the Holy Spirit comes; because He knew that without the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives we can do nothing (Luke 24:45).
I’ll be honest, there were many times throughout that day that I would stop and begin focusing on what was happening around me; those were the times my husband would see the tension on my face and immediately remind me: Pray in the Spirit!! Our prayers move the unseen mountains in front of us.
If you have never received the gift of tongues, ask the Father to fill you with His Holy Spirit, for the Word of God says:
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? (Luke 11:13)
Trust me, it truly is the greatest gift!
3. Bless, bless and bless!
When people around us don’t do their job as they should or when people are unfair or prejudice, as humans what comes out of our mouth are only curses. That’s exactly what was happening to me that Monday, all that came to my mind was that the office is terrible, the workers are even worse, and that it is the most inefficient place in the universe (we tend to exaggerate in our frustration too). But before those thoughts could come out of my mouth as words, the Holy Spirit reminded me, every day 200 people would come to the same office and curse the place out of frustration, but as a child of God I am called to bless not curse. So that’s exactly what I did. I started to bless every single officer, and the ones I found to be the slowest I blessed him/her even more. I can’t explain how much peace that released into my spirit as I did that act of obedience.
So from today onward let’s think twice before we speak out of frustration, but let’s do what Jesus has asked us to do, let’s bless! Let’s bless our governments, bless our bosses, bless the unfair bus driver; I think you got the idea, and let’s turn every frustration into a blessing! We are called to be a light to the earth. Let’s bring the light where there is darkness!
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14,15)
So there you have it, 3 keys to remain at peace! Now as I look back, there were people from all over the world gathered in that office that day, and everyone had one thing in common: frustration, but I am so glad God taught me some important life lessons that day!
Praying this post has blessed you! Tell me some frustrating situations you have found yourself in and how you have coped? I would love to hear from you!