Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Take heart.

Peace is something that I pray for often. When I am impatient, the peace that God gives is at stake. When I get worried and let my concerns take over, the peace that God gives is at stake. When my heart feels a little troubled, the peace that God gives is at stake. When someone bothers me, the peace that God gives is at stake. When I doubt the decisions Ive made, the peace that God gives is at stake.

Its an issue of faith. My faith is ultimately at stake. Not that Ill lose it, but that Ill shrink it. Without even thinking about it. The promise in Matthew 6 is beautiful. We've all read it, but really read it. Really believe it. Dont believe it just one time. But re-believe it all the time. Think about nature and animals and how God cares and provides for them. Actually appreciate flowers and their beauty. And then multiply that flower by like a million and think about and appreciate God's love for US. All of my worry is meaningless. The worry I feel about class. The thoughts I have about tomorrow. Dwelling on the decisions I have to make next week or in a year. Wondering how many people will read my blog posts. Wondering what people will think if I dont wear make up. The awkwardness of helping someone you might not like or know. Or just plain old restlessness. Every time worry comes, Im going to take a deep breath and re-focus. Im going to transfer my attention to what matters. And what God has for me at that moment. Which might be peace. It might be His soft voice telling me to stop. To stop worrying. Because the peace that he wants for me will be lost for that moment.

"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace that I give is a gift the world cannot give. So dont be troubled or afraid." John 14:27.

Does that verse bring tears to your eyes? If not, try worrying, then read it. No, dont do that, but when you accidentally worry, read it.

Pray for peace. For little situations and for big ones. Trust God with all your heart. If we dont, our fellowship with God is at stake.


Misfit. said...

What a great reminder!