Friday, March 13
My mom, a lifelong Bible study attendee, knows a lot of scripture by heart. Over the years as I struggled with worries and concerns - some big and some that just seemed big at the time - she's often said to me to remember that as Christians, we can have a peace that passes understanding. Every time she would say those words to me, I'd think to myself "...down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart!" Remember the children's choir song, "I've got the joy [joy, joy, joy] down in my heart"?
It wasn't until about ten years ago after the birth of my oldest child that I really understood what those words from the song and from Philippians 4:7 actually mean: "And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
It's been a real relief to me to think on these words and actively try and place my worries and concerns in God's hands. I may not understand why things are the way they are; whether it's hungry children on the other side of the world, crime in our community, or even why my child didn't do what I expected him to do. "He's got the whole word in his hands" (remember that song, too?) and if we can remember this, we can have peace without having to have the understanding. God is in control.
Holy God, fill my life with peace that passes understanding today. May this peace bring joy to my heart. Amen