How are you? I hope you’re doing well. Life hasn’t been really easy for you right now hasn’t it? You’ve been stuck for months. Sometimes you feel limited and overwhelmed with the new set-up and trying to cope. You’re slowly getting tired of rants and negativities within social media. Your emotions become piled up because of the situation and you’re feeling restless and frustrated.
You have tried so hard and you’ve done so many things. I want to say that I am so proud of you just in case no one told you yet. I am proud of you for still showing up despite the circumstances. I am proud of your brave soul.”
We are all challenged by this situation and I also tried my best to adjust to this new normal. Staying at home, following protocols, creating new ways to continue the mission, and endless virtual meetings just to catch up. I felt restless thinking when this will end. I feel like I only did these things out of responsibility. I felt an overwhelming sense of obligation to do something even though such action may be good and well but the intention will cause me to lose something of immeasurable value — my peace. Yes, these were beneficial but I know to myself that I’m not at peace doing those sorts of things because of the emotions caused by the pandemic taking over me. I sulk in the moment of questioning myself if I still give justice to the mission entrusted to me? I am deeply troubled, having a hard time embracing these drastic changes in our life.
Since then, I ponder how I can find peace in this present moment. How can I go back to the right posture of my heart doing this sort of thing?
As I find ways to remain sane, I found a new hobby which is riding a bicycle. This helps me a lot to find peace in this time. It is such a breather for me to have this kind of activity since once in a while I’ve been disconnecting from the toxic social media world and connecting to the peace of nature. It also helps me to reflect on what the Lord is trying to tell me.
The Lord really knows how He can affirm us with His grace. While cycling, I encounter different experiences and people that teach me the way of the Lord to show His love, peace, and mercy.
This sums up all the takeaways.
1. We can find peace and calmness in the creation of the Lord and appreciate His masterpieces.
2. We always have a place to go. The road may be rocky or straight or flat, but keep going and enjoy the journey.
3. We should always look on the brighter side because the Lord never forgets to amaze us with His deep surprises of graces.
We will be harried by the warring emotions and worries within us that keep us from experiencing God’s love. We should keep our peace no matter what circumstance. Without the burden of affliction, it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The Lords always console us.
“When the caress of my heart is many your consolation cheer my soul” —Psalm 94:19
Human souls expand and find its true purpose when they connect with the souls of others through love. Works of love are works of peace.
Peace results from God’s love around us.
If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33.
Maria Vanessa Dacut is a Mission Volunteer of MFC Youth serving in the Luzon Missions Team.