A long time ago, I was a student in AP biology and I learned a lot about viruses (like most of us have in the past few months). We were taught that washing your hands is the best way to get rid of tiny, germy molecules because their outer layer is oil. When they come in contact with water, they bounce off of it, but when you add soap to the mix, their fatty exterior dissolves and the particles slide right on down the drain. However, there’s one caveat — 20 seconds of scrubbing is required to ensure that the germs are completely washed off. I’ve heard people say that singing “Happy Birthday” is a great way to make certain that you spend the full 20 seconds washing your hands; however, I prefer to say “The Lord’s Prayer.” In this season of uncertainty and ongoing hygienic vigilance, I’ve noticed that by doing something as simple as turning hand washing into an opportunity to worship, I can shift my focus to Jesus in new ways. By integrating His presence into an otherwise routine aspect of my life, I’m better equipped to fight against the negativity that continues to assail. Though it may seem silly, this is just one example of how meditating on the Word of God and keeping His good news close to my heart empowers me to fight the ever-escalating daily battle for my mind.
My friend, you are in a war and your thoughts are the battleground. Unfortunately, your enemy knows this and he is working harder than ever to hold the meditations of your mind prisoner to bad news. Everywhere you turn, you see images of division, strife, sickness, pain and problems, and if these become your primary focus, your whole being suffers. You see, when your compass for peace is the wellness of the external world, you are guaranteed pain. However, when you shift your perspective and anchor your heart to the unchanging goodness of God, you can experience His serenity, even while storms brew around you. Knowing this, I encourage you to look for ways to concentrate on His presence like never before. Meditate on His promises, speak His life to your soul, and encourage yourself constantly with the steadfastness of His character. Jesus is unchanging, ever-present, totally faithful, and unceasingly good — make that your guiding knowledge and you will have unshakable peace!