When trouble comes my way, I can feel overwhelmed, hurt, and sometimes angry.  I have found these emotions change, but one thing I always feel is the pressure to fix and resolve it.  John 16:33 says:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

The promise is clear that I will have tribulation.  It is also clear that He offers peace if I pursue it.  I pursue the peace of God through prayer.

I have a close family member that is an alcoholic.  Recently it has gotten worse.  I have tried everything humanly possible to help.  Yesterday, Holy Spirit made it clear to me that I cannot fix it.  I opened the window and admitted that I was trying in my own power to fix it.  I am striking the ground with my arrow and will continue to until I see victory (2 Kings 13:14-19). All the pressure that I had been feeling and was overwhelmed by suddenly was replaced with His peace. My mind already knew that I had no control over it, but my heart and spirit were carrying the load.

Today, I encourage you to open the window and come clean with the Lord.  Whatever you are carrying, give it over to Him.  Make a move today and pursue the peace He is offering you.