Sniffles, Coughs, and Sneezes
Updated: Oct 4
Her voice broke with sniffles, coughs, and sneezes as the Negro spiritual she sang filled the convenience store. For a moment, I almost forgot where I was. Broom in hand, co-workers, and customers around, she sang about being changed and knowing it.
When it was my turn at the register, I should have thanked her for such a gift. What came out was, “Girl, my allergies are messing me up too.” To which she replied, “I know. These allergies are messing us all up.”
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I tend to get frustrated with the sniffles, coughs, and sneezes of life. I want exemption from any and all pain, but there’s no such thing. A Christian who avoids pain displays a lack of trust in God’s ability to carry us through life’s obstacles.
But something significant happens within a person when Christ becomes their source of peace. By spending time with Jesus daily, we cultivate this peace that he is so eager to give. More and more, even in hardships, our minds and our hearts grow undisturbed and secure in him. Secure in Christ, he strengthens us as we endure life and grow through whatever he allows to impact us. With a quiet, untroubled spirit, we face life’s challenges unafraid.
By way of this gift of peace, as God allows, insecurities and self-consciousness disappear. Convenience stores transform into sanctuaries. Sweeping up offers praise to God. Like our store clerk, we become unashamed of the change he’s made in our lives and capable of displaying confidence in Christ no matter what and no matter where.
Jesus, what a gift of peace you’ve given me. Thank you for planting it in my heart. Help me recognize that no matter what you are always with me. May I confidently display how I trust you no matter where I am.