“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
I knew it when I stepped out of the door this morning.
I knew it when I backed out of the garage.
I really knew it when I did a few whoop-di-loops in the yard before I left for work and the traction control couldn’t stop the fun. (Don’t tell Hubby.)
Like, seriously slick.
The road crews – bless their hearts – had been out early salting the roads to give nature a helping hand at melting it off the highways, but there is was.
Another challenging drive. Great. Just great.
I feel my hands grip the steering wheel harder. My neck muscles tense up.
Here we go again.
It takes a lot of practice and self control not to let the circumstances lead your thinking where it just shouldn’t go. It’s all too easy to let the bombardment on your senses talk you out of peace.
But here’s the thing.
You can’t talk yourself into peace, either.
Nope. Can’t be done.
I’ve tried, you see.
Systematically, calmly, logically approaching reality with a pep talk can’t actually remove that forehead wrinkle or talk your shoulders down from their position just under your ears.
Here’s the good news.
That part isn’t your job.
You aren’t expected to conjure up peace like a Las Vegas showman or a card sharp. The truth is, it can’t be conjured up, coaxed, bargained with, or bought.
It’s a gift.
It’s actually a God thing, peace. He is after all the author and founder of said commodity. He’s inundated with it, saturated, steeped like chai tea in the stuff. It makes up His very character.
It’s truly His to give.
So it’s God’s fault I’m such a nervous wreck?
Um, no. Of course not. It it is only as we learn to trust, to place our complete confidence in, to build the habit of turning our thoughts and hearts naturally toward God that we tap into the gift of peace.
To find peace, you must enter the presence of the Prince of Peace.
And that takes practice.
I certainly have a long way to go when it comes to being able to downplay what my senses tell me and focus on the character of an unchanging and good God who wants only my best.
But I’m on the right track.
I’m actively heading in that direction. And I know the gift of peace will follow because it is the way God designed it.
Seek the Author of peace with me?
Father, it is such a habit to feel that it is all up to me, to try to do everything in my own when I have You and Your resources at my disposal! Help me to trust You more and more, to direct my thoughts toward You and Your blessings so that my heart and mind may be more and more characterized by peace. Amen.