Thank you to Iris at Grace Alone for hosting Thankful Thursday in December. Won’t you join us?
Sometimes we can feel as though we are trapped by our emotions. Sadness or anxiety can form walls around us that are as real as as any prison. A couple of days ago, stress had me boxed in on all sides, and it seemed as if there was no way out. The saddest part of all? I had forgotten that I am never at the mercy of my emotions, and that my Comfort is with me at all times.
On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for a moment of peace and joy that I know was a gift from the Lord. We recently moved to a new apartment complex, which has a spacious lounge with overstuffed chairs and high, sunlit ceilings. I often take my computer to the lounge and write, listen to music, and drink hot chocolate or cappuccino.
On this particular stressed-out day, as I sat in the lounge and threw myself into my work in an intense effort to forget my troubles, a recording of the Little Drummer Boy began to play. It wasn’t just any recording — it was the Harry Simeone Chorale’s recording, which my parents used to play at Christmas. Tears of relief came as I was transported back in time, to winter evenings when I sat at the kitchen table with my parents and listened to that Christmas album. As I sat with my laptop, I even smelled the Christmas cookies baking in my mother’s kitchen, and sensed the childhood excitement of Christmas Eve. I thanked God that my mother is still here to enjoy the holiday with me, and that I now have a loving husband and a beautiful home.
When Peter was in a physical prison, waiting to be executed, his friends gathered together and prayed. The chains fell from Peter’s hands after an angel of the Lord raised him up. (Acts 12:7) I know that the continuing prayer of my own friends and family sustain me. We are never truly alone or trapped by our emotions. I thank the Lord for giving me that sweet moment to remind me that joy and peace are always with me, even in stressful times.