Several years ago my wife and I went to Israel with a tour group from our church. Most of the tour was structured, but when we arrived in Jerusalem we were given some free time to explore Jerusalem’s Old City and Arab market. The Arab market is a wonderful cornucopia of sights, sounds, and smells for the senses. The streets are narrow paths twisting and turning in a maze of wall-to-wall shops filled with food, snacks and tourist trinkets.
It was great fun for us as we struck out on our own through the Old City looking for something to purchase that other tourists may have overlooked. Our zeal to explore overshadowed keeping track of our meandering. Eventually everything looked the same. We traveled in circles and saw the same vendors several times. A feeling of fear overcame me because we were lost! You probably have experienced that feeling. And it’s impossible to ask directions in a foreign country if you don’t speak the language. The street signs didn’t help either: they were not in English. After much anxiety and a little time we finally found our way. I breathed a tremendous sigh of relief.
This story perfectly illustrates how many people feel during this turbulent time: earthquakes, quivering economy, wars and uncertainty on many fronts. It’s no wonder many have lost their way and fear has camped out on their doorstep. How do we find our way back to peace? The bible directs us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). This is God’s cure for the common feeling of fear in our time. When we follow His instruction we are sure to end up in a place that we recognize: peace with Him.