"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
"Yes we've got trouble, right here in River City..."
"Trouble... yes, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble..." (From the musical, "The Music Man")
I guess the disciples knew something about trouble, and so do we.
It's in our music, it's in the paper, and it seems to surround us daily.
There's something about the word trouble. I once heard someone comment, "Trouble just seems to follow that person."
I'm not necessarily sure what troubles each of us, but trouble is a very real and problematic force to be reckoned with.
Christ wants us to realize that even in the midst of trouble you can experience peace. Or that peace should be something we can have, even as the storm rages around you.
There's something about knowing who you are, and that there is an inner strength that will keep you strong when trouble surrounds you. It's what makes saints out of sinners and strong leaders.
Yes, there is plenty to worry about, and trouble can be real, but the grace and peace that God has to offer will prevail in the worst of situations.
Be strong in the Lord and experience real peace.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.