I was making my lunch a couple of days ago, and as I often do while I’m in the kitchen, I had the television turned on. I was just about to sit down to eat and watch an I Love Lucy re-run when an advertisement came on. It was a sound bite from a news station with a very disturbing story about a fallen Christian. There was “new information” that was “just in”…and I tell you the truth when I say that I suddenly lost my appetite.
Every day, we see human stories of pain splashed across the internet and the 6:00 o’clock news. Grievous, heart-breaking, just wow! kind of stories that not only send our minds reeling, but our hearts too, if we allow it.
I immediately started praying for that family, as well as asking the Lord to hold my own family close ~ because a very wise friend once told me…
I also began asking the Lord for help.
How do I protect my mind (and heart) from being torn apart from all the bad news without becoming callous?
Suddenly, I remembered a very famous anti-drug commercial from the 1980’s, showing a hot frying pan filled with sizzling butter and a voice-over saying, “ Okay, for the last time; this is drugs.” Then an egg is cracked open into the skillet and we hear, “This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” Even though the advertisement was a mere 12 seconds long, the message was extremely memorable.
I realized the Lord had given me a visual reminder of that commercial as an analogy for how our brains can change when immersed in Scripture.
They bring rest to a weary mind. “Come to Me all who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28
They bring peace to a fearful mind. “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You.” Is. 26:3
They give guidance to a questioning mind. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5
They bring focus to an unclear mind. “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 on these things.” Phil. 4:8
And they bring salvation to the lost mind (and soul). “Come now, let us reason together says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Is. 1:18
Are you struggling with something this week my friend that has your mind ill at ease? How does the news in general affect you?
Lord we call upon You and You alone for our source of help, hope, healing and peace of mind. Your Scriptures are alive and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, exposing our innermost thoughts and desires. You know our frame and how easily we are prone to rely on our own thinking and reasoning, yet how desperately we really need You. We ask You to remind us by your Holy Spirit to run to You and meditate upon your Scriptures daily, so that we might be sanctified (set aside) by the truth of your word. We thank You for giving us everything we need to live a godly life through the knowledge of You. In Jesus’ name we ask and pray.