These were challenging days because I was not relying on the One who brings everlasting peace. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. Not as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” I was carrying many things on my shoulders that if I had turned to scripture I would have found help and peace. Psalm 116:1 reminds me God DID HEAR my cries: “I love the Lord because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.” He promises He is a strong tower of protection in Proverbs 18:10 saying, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” I may have cried out to God during those days….but on examination…I did not rest in the fact He is a strong tower. Think of the anxiety, sleepless nights and fear I may have not had to face. I may have even had the look of peace that our brother-in-law did rather than looking tired and drawn. God is a refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Proverbs 46:1). He is mine (and also your) help and shield. (Psalm 115:9).