I have been dealing with some uncomfortable situations lately. You know the kind where you are left feeling a little helpless, often speechless and questioning God's timing? Yeah, it has been a crazy few weeks...
Anyway, I went to youth group tonight. I had my pen ready, my Bible open and I was open to the possibilities of what God was going to tell me. I have to be honest, I started doodling a little about ten minutes in. And then I started wondering what I would cook for dinner tomorrow, or whether the kids would have soccer because it keeps raining and...
then I heard my hubby say this:
"Satan wants us to fear over the future, be angry over the present and have guilt over the past."
What?! All of a sudden my ears and eyes were open. My mouth was probably hanging wide open too, for I had just been slapped silly into recognizing what "my problem" has been lately. And it stung a little.
Fear? Yeah, I kind of think it and "worry" battle over being my middle name. Anger? Yeah, I've had a lot of that going on lately. Guilt? Will those crazy feelings of helplessness ever really go away?
Then I heard the second part of the message:
"But Jesus Christ only wants PEACE."
Again the power of the message of those few lines, had the ability to knock me senseless...or wait! Actually I think they knocked some "sense" into me.
Thank you, Lord. I know I am a continuing work in progress. I know there are days when I can't seem to let go of past mistakes and hang on to regrets. I know there are days when I just want to complain and sulk over unhappy present situations. I know there is great fear and worry that often hold me back on a daily basis from being the best I can be... But thankfully I know YOU are the PRINCE OF PEACE. You have peace gift wrapped and sealed with a bow. I just have to accept it...daily.
(Jesus said) "I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 (NLT)
Here's hoping you allow Christ to bring a little peace into your day!