Lately I have been struggling to breathe. The pollen count and humidity have been messing with me. One evening I was actually scared to fall asleep. Ironically, the more I concentrated on trying to breathe the more flustered I became. Finding the best way for me to learn to deal with the emotions of the moment has been a big priority. When I tried to remember the list of things Paul told the Philippian church to focus on God gave me a new perspective.
I picture that I am playing my favorite game with Paul in prison, Taboo. He gives me word clues to help me to guess the right answer. So the first hint he says is TRUE. I hesitate, how could thinking about what is true help me when I can't breathe? Then I picture Jesus standing behind Paul, smiling and raising his hand. I say, "Jesus." The next hint is NOBLE. When I am having a panic attack how does that help me? Again, Jesus raises his hand. I say, "Jesus." The game continues. Each word that Paul gives me ultimately leads me to say Jesus!
When we are in a prison, wheelchair, have ALS or can't breathe, literally or figuratively, being able to make a list of answers seems like another impossibility. I would like to encourage you to play Taboo with us. When the only thing you have to remember is Jesus is the answer... AND the God of peace will be with you.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Song: I Look to You by: Selah