As I watch the nightly news on various channels, it saddens me tremendously that most of the information reported concerns violence and crime in just about every major city, small town and community, even around the globe. Lately, I’ve noticed something else that has been slowly arising out of the dark shadows, people are becoming agitated, to the point of reacting in ways that isn’t consistent with normal behavior. It used to be that if someone took a vacant parking space, while you were waiting to park your car into it, that you might receive an ugly look, or perhaps even get an obscene gesture, or a barrage of foul language; but lately people have been reacting irrationally, some even to the extremes of physical assault, with the intent to do great bodily harm, it has been reported that some people have even been shot and mortally wounded. . . over a vacant parking spot!
I have watched people drive past me angry because I didn’t go through a caution or even stop light; or because I didn’t turn when the sign in front of me said, no turns allowed during specific hours; yet they were honking their horns and yelling obscenities because I wouldn’t move the car. One particular night a man followed my son-in-law and myself in a pick-up truck for almost a half hour, I don’t remember why, but I do remember that fear crept into my heart as I started praying and asking for God’s protection, I instructed my son-in-law not to get out to confront the man, but drive to the nearest police station.
I have seen people walking down the street, ranting and raving, wild eyed and crazy, yet no one was directly holding a conversation with them; I knew from the look in their eyes that they were being tormented by something dark and evil, and oftentimes when they would glare back at me, I could see they were trying to decide whether or not to confront me or just walk away; it wasn’t the person who peered at me, but the unclean spirit within.
Sometimes people can’t sleep at night, it could be insomnia while others under pressure, have a lot on their minds. It could also be the results of eating late at night, or having ate something that didn’t agree with your stomach, acid reflex to heartburn. But then, there are those who toss and turn from having nightmares, or horrifying visions of bad things happening to them or loved ones, hearing voices whispering negative thoughts, even telling them to commit suicide and just end it all. Words imprinted that torment the mind, confuse and distorts a person’s thoughts to the point that they lose a grip on reality; and ask themselves “am I dreaming or is this really happening?” People are looking for solutions by taking addictive drugs and medicine that is suppose to help the problem, but when you read the labels, it’s more difficult to deal with unpleasant side effects.
These are the days and times when evil is more present than good. It can be felt in the atmosphere by those who are sensitive enough to recognize that something that isn’t natural is taking place and wrecking havoc on the earth in our cities, neighborhoods and societies. In the midst of all the turmoil, there is a solitude that can only be found in the quiet presence of the Almighty. I am reminded of when the storm arose at sea, Jesus was on board in the lower deck asleep, while the disciples and crew were on the upper deck when the winds and torrents began to cause the boat to sink, the men became afraid, and quickly woke him asking, “does thou care if we perish?” Jesus spoke to the winds and sea with authority and said, “Peace be still.” Immediately, everything became calm. We need to remind ourselves that regardless of the situations and circumstances that may arise in our lives, Jesus said, (John 14:25) These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. (14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (14:27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Though the storms of life are raging, take comfort knowing that the power of God within us is greater than any force be it natural or supernatural; God desires that we have a sound mind, a healthy body and a peaceful spirit. Psalms 122:8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.