Day 3: Lord, Make Me Peaceful
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Homeschool three kids? If you had told me when I was a young professional that one day I would homeschool three kids, I would have cracked up! The rolling-on-the- floor, holding-your-stomach, tears-streaming-down-my-face type of laughter. I just would not have thought I had what it would take.
Yet, here I was, trying to move on after my years of homeschooling. Was I supposed to get back into the business world? What value could I offer an employer even if I did go back to work? I had been out of the corporate culture too long; too much had changed in our race-to-the-top world. The loneliness of my quiet days were beginning to get to me, though, as I tried to figure my life out. What should I do now?
Life can be funny. What we thought we would never enjoy becomes our joy and then, before we know it, it is gone. Seasons and schedules move on; at least for everyone else. Though we don’t always show it on the outside, often our insides are stuck…and distressed.
When “normal” has broken up with me, all too often it feels like high school rejection all over again. I liked normal. We were getting along so well. Why did you have to go and dump me?
This is exactly when my history with God brings me His peace. Just as God knew what was best for that young, teen girl, God knows what’s best for me today. He knows what is best for you too! While we may not like change, we can still find His peace in the middle of it.
He says it is not the kind to peace the world gives. We might view peace as the peace of having the money for our wants. The peace of our kids living exactly as we expected. The peace of putting down roots and getting to stay.
His peace is not circumstantial peace. His peace comes right into our trouble, meeting us right where the turmoil swirls.
Dear Jesus, I wish I could avoid this change, but I can’t. I know that even here you can bring me Your peace and Your best for me. Help me to look for Your peace so I will not be troubled and I will not be afraid. Amen
Take a moment to reflect on a time when you clearly saw God’s faithfulness. Reminding ourselves of these times can bring peace to our current circumstances. We’d love to hear your story of when you experienced God’s peace in your life!
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You are able to express our emotions so perfectly in words! Life indeed brings many things our way and those of us who like comfortable, this can be difficult. Oh, these seasons come so unexpected and I can relate to “stuck and distressed.” My oldest son recently left home to pursue his career which is a great thing but my nest feels like it has been thrown to the wind, a terrible tornado went through and I am left to pick up the pieces and don’t know which way to turn or what to even look for….But you are absolutely right, our perfect Father is able to help us have peace during these times! Thank you for this sweet reminder but its still hard!