God will always give us what we are really asking for — the wisdom to know that life is deeper than our answered prayers, that every life and trial holds a purpose and we are never alone in our struggles.
Most of us waver between courage and fear, tossed about by waves of anxiety and difficulties of life that threaten my faith. Like Peter, we do better when we don’t look down at the waves and keep our eyes on Jesus.
I am looking up for feathers floating from the sky, for mourning doves and butterflies, and I’m listening for still, small voices whispering I love you’s in the summer breeze and singing songs from heaven.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled” specifically implies that we can choose the impact difficulties have on our hearts. Laugh, cry, sing, dance and breathe, believing God that there is no trouble in this world that will not be overcome.
Whether you consider yourself religious or not, there is great human value in pondering the paschal mystery. Every life is formed with this same pattern. We all endure our own passions, deaths and resurrections many times before our lives come to an end.