Peace, wherefore art thou peace?
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Susanne from Living to tell the Story
"Peace, wherefore art thou peace?"
Sunday night. And I'm breathing a sigh of relief. It's Sunday. That means that the last week is over. A new week is beginning. A new week with new opportunites, new chances, new things to look forward to. Have you ever felt like that?
This last week was, now what's the right word? It was shall we say, overwhelming? What with work, home and all that comes with celebrating a child turning 18, a mother in law's birthday, a sister in law's birthday, add in a beloved pet passing away and I was exhausted. Then the weekend came and there were a few major issues to be dealt with and the next thing I knew, I was agitated, short of patience, and wanting to run away.
How could this happen? This knot in my stomach, this roiling feeling inside? Had I not dedicated this year to be a year of peace for my family. Wasn't this supposed to be a happy week with the oldest crossing the threshold into being an adult? Well, I was blowing it big time. Where was the peace? Where, Lord, was the peace in my heart that you promised?
Sitting in my car at the lake trying to get myself to calm down, I was clearly reminded of the very scripture I had put on my site only yesterday. Isaiah 26:3.
The Amplified Bible says "You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace."
And clearly I saw where I had gone wrong. Peace was not in the cup of Starbuck's Cinnamon Dolce I had run for, nor in the novel in my lap that I was trying to escape into. In all the everyday, in all the celebrations, in all the sadness, I had allowed the Lord to be squeezed out the equation. My mind and heart had been on everything else all week. The Lord was reminding me that if I wanted His peace, I would have to keep my mind and heart upon Him. In the good times, and the bad. In the celebrating and in the sadness. In the busyness and the relaxing.
So I ask myself, is this the kind of peace that I desire? That my heart yearns for? The kind that doesn't get blown around, that trusts confidently in the strength of our God, that knows that He is an everlasting rock? Yes, oh, yes. That is exactly what I'm desiring! And isn't that what each child of God desires in their lives also? Then let us commit to keep our minds and hearts stayed upon Him, to lean upon Him, throughout our day, in the good moments and the bad. And He shall be our Peace.
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