Friday, May, 31, 2019 | 7:26 AM | by June
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. -- John 14:27
It seems at the end of most days, as I curl up in bed, I get the feeling things went too quickly. I think of all the activities and distractions of the day and then realize that in the midst of the chaos, there were important things I forgot. Thankfully, at this age, I’m usually able to quickly pray, close my eyes, then go to sleep. Unless I am having a nighttime health issue or there is an alarm going off, I sleep pretty well.
When morning comes, I usually get a reminder in my head, heart and gut of the things that did not get done the day before. I am beginning to believe this is my own doing. I have trained myself for this. I thought it was a good thing. But I wonder then, if it is a good thing, why does it make me feel so over-whelmed?
I believe I have joined a group of people that thinks the solution to not getting everything done is to get busier. On the other hand, I heard somewhere a while ago a Bible teacher say something like, “Busyness is not a spiritual gift.”
Do you ever get caught up in this kind of thinking? Do you have moments, hours, days, weeks or seasons when there is more to do then there is time to get it done? It seems my conversations with people often get to the subject of people trying to balance the competing people, issues, events, activities, projects, etc., etc., etc., pulling for our attention.
Often, I get to the point where I ask God to remove the chaos from my life. Then, I think, what if He removes something that I enjoy? I get the thought (probably because I once heard it said) that changes my request to God from “Hear I am Lord, use me Lord.,” to “Lord, why me?”
In the middle of all this chaotic thinking, the Truth of the Word intervenes in my heart. I begin to understand again that God is going to see me through.
I want you to know that in those times you may be feeling caught up in busyness, God is going to see you through. You will be stronger and more faithful. You will be able to smell the roses (coffee), laugh (dance) more, enjoy the moment (week), and take advantage of opportunities that bring you to victory in important things.
I woke up this morning with a phrase from the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness on my heart. “Morning by morning new mercies I see.” It reminds me that I do not have to try to control everything because My God is in control.
He is a good God. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled …" Because of His complete victory on the cross, through His Word, in the promise of the sacrament, and the work of the Holy Spirit, we are released to run free. He gives us the opportunity to experience a peace that surpasses all understanding.
God Be Praised!