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     - Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

It’s amazing how the brain works during times of fight–or–flight stress.  Often survivors will report that “it was like things were moving in slow motion“.  In cognitive interviews following trauma, this phenomenon allows for a recounting of even the smallest of details and differences despite the intensity of the trauma.

During this times of uncertainty, God encourages each of us to slow ourselves down. Take a breath and take inventory of all of the resources that God has placed at our disposal.  Remind ourselves daily of the power that we have and the protection that He has promised.

During times of trouble and turmoil, where often we find ourselves in places of self–isolation and self -quarantine, and social distancing,  His Word empowers us to draw closer to God and get more in tune with His voice.  The intensity of uncomfortable moments and seasons urge us to press-on quickly and often aimlessly; driven by emotion-driven responses.  Instead, God's Word suggests that it is 'stillness' and 'slowness' that often provide the greatest strength, comfort, insight and wisdom. 

God would not script chaos and calamity without also writing-in moments of quietness.  This truth should shift your perspective when your order steps lead you to places of discomfort and uncertainty.  Let these moments and seasons of stress and apparent chaos spark quietness and stillness, so that you can take advantage of the time and space that God has set aside for the two of you to get to know each other better.

Rev Christopher T Conti, MD is the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Pittsburgh, a licensed emergency medicine physician, author and Christian life coach.