The last couple of days were crazy-stressful.
I always become a little anxious around the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, but when a major storm hit Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of that storm, it felt like a little too much. I spent much of the weekend stress-creating (Saturday) and stress-working (Sunday) until I tired myself out.
My family in NOLA did not/could not evacuate, so when we lost contact due to power outage and sketchy cellular service, I had to constantly remind myself to remain calm.
I read the scripture featured in the doodle art above early last Thursday, and it offered calm assurance near the end of a strangely chaotic week. Soon after, I learned of Ida’s threat to the Gulf Coast and the unlikelihood of its veering in another direction or “dissipating into nothingness.”
The full Bible verse reads:
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. —2 Peter 1:3 NIV
My heart needed the first phrase, so I wrote it in my journal and planner to remind myself that God has given me everything I need:
- to tackle the endless list of tasks
- to deal with challenging situations that pop up during the day
- to exercise patience when my urgent questions aren’t answered
- to overcome fatigue
- to remain calm in the face of adversity
“To remain calm…” through Divine grace and power. That part.
My friend Cy relabeled my weekend art “creative prayers.” I think I like that phrase better.