Our peace is in Him.
I stopped at my favorite radio station yesterday.
If you are anywhere close to Duluth, Minnesota, I highly recommend you tune into Life 97.3. It’s an uplifting and yet calming Christian station.
I found them on one of my trips last year as I was going through therapy for some past “stuff” I had to work through. Parent “stuff”, sibling “stuff”, work “stuff”, me “stuff”…old “stuff” that just kept coming back to haunt me (thus the term PTSD).
The reason I stopped at the station was to thank them and to tell them just how much their music had meant to me during this difficult time. I laughed with it, I cried with it, I rejoiced with it, and I prayed with it.
And to this day…as soon as I get just past Eveleth, that’s where I turn my radio station to…and I listen and I sing.
It seems we are led to things by God, by our angels, by our Higher Power, by the Spirits…whatever you believe in.
For me, I turn to God…and my angels. I have no doubt there are angels watching over us. And sometimes I’m not looking for the help, but it finds me just when I need it anyway.
There was the time I had a health scare after a mammogram and I sat there in the waiting room, feeling alone…thinking about my Mom. I was angry at her when she died. She hadn’t taken care of herself and I was mad. At that moment…waiting and worrying…I wished she was there with me…and all of a sudden I felt her.
I literally felt her next to me, holding my hand…and in that moment I forgave her and I realized how much I missed and loved her.
Why am I telling you this story?
I have an old high school friend that poured her heart out on Facebook last night. Feeling as though she’d failed in her faith this last month.
I truly felt her pain…I’d been there.
I wished I was close enough to reach out and reassure her and give her a hug. Sometimes words just aren’t enough.
This morning I opened up my new daily devotional “Discovery” (that was given to me by a woman at the radio station) and today’s read as follows:
A DEEP, SETTLED PEACE
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives…
In his devotional book “By the Still Waters”, Vance Havner tells of attending a small service in a little church on a cold February night. The people were local farming folk, and a time was given for sharing testimonies. The last to speak was a humble woman plainly dressed who rose and simply said: “I praise the Lord for a deep, settled peace. The world did not give it to me, and the world can’t take it away.”
“That testimony lingers with me,” wrote Havner. “I think of scholars and sages ransacking libraries and perusing heavy philosophies, searching for the secret of peace, while the plain, farm-woman had been enjoying it through the years.”
There’s much we don’t comprehend. The plans that God has foreordained for us are beyond our understanding, but we know that when we are with Him, there will be peace and rest and joy such as we have never imagined.
The world didn’t give it, and the world cannot take it away.
This one’s for you Janelle…
And for every one of us…
We all stumble and fall at times…
Our peace is in Him.