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Peace that Surpasses All Understanding

04.13.20 | Covid-19, Be The Church | by Sarah McCullen


Philippians 4 promises that when believers trust God and surrender their anxieties to Him, He grants “peace that surpasses all understanding.” Fearful of traveling alone, Cindy Griffin experienced peace as she prayed about visiting her daughter in Australia. However, during her trip, the world grew increasingly volatile due to the coronavirus outbreak. Unsure if she would make it back home, she continued to surrender her fears in prayer.

“While I was standing in the LA airport on my way down there, the CDC declared coronavirus a pandemic,” Cindy said. “I prayed and still felt God’s peace with me, so I continued on. God even gave me a friend on the plane, Janathon, a sweet young man originally from Sri Lanka, who helped me through the airport and with my bags.”

Cindy arrived in Australia and spent several days with her daughter, Rachel, who is engaged. While there, they shopped for wedding dresses, celebrated Rachel’s birthday and attended Rachel’s engagement party. A few days after she arrived, Cindy’s other daughter texted them saying that Cindy needed to come home—President Trump announced the travel ban.

Cutting her trip short, Cindy began looking for flights home. She kept running into walls, unable to find a flight back, but one morning she read Judges 18 in her daily Bible reading, and she knew God was with her. After many prayers and several divine connections, Cindy booked a seat on one of the last planes out of Sydney.

“I just asked Him to show me what to do, and to give me peace to do it,” Cindy said. “Traveling alone was already a step of faith for me, but God was so faithful and walked with me through my fears so I could be with my daughter during an important time in her life. We are never alone and the Lord promises never to leave us or forsake us, and he didn’t do that to me.”

Where have you seen God answer prayers, or faithfully walk with you through a tough season? If you have a story about how God met you, share it with us at https://pinelake.org/stories/, or build your faith by reading other stories like Cindy’s.