Peace. Have you ever felt peace in the midst of fear? Is that even possible?
I remember reading stories of Corrie Ten Boom, a protestant whose family helped Jews escape from the Nazis during the Holocaust. As a survivor she wrote and talked of the fears of capture, imprisonment, death. And yet often she spoke of peace.
At age 20, I gave birth to my first child. He was three months premature. In 1977, neo-natal units (NICU) were not prevalent then. In fact, if I had been born another 16 miles outside of the 100 mile radius of Houston, Texas, he would have died. The doctors and nurses wisked him away in a helicopter after stabilizing him. I was left alone getting blood transfusions as he flew to another hospital 80 miles away. Yet many visitors, nurses and even doctors commented on how peacefully I was handling the situation. In fact, one in-law was appalled at how calm I was, mistaking my peace for non-caring. Unbenownst to them, I had given this child up to God before this turn of events had arisen. (a story for another time) This particular couple came back years later and told me they had later accepted Christ as their saviour and finally understood how I could be in such peace in the midst of the hurricane.
I had it at that moment. But, this peace is not something that arrives and stays. It is a peace that comes only when we plant our minds on the Peacegiver and not the surrounding storm.
This advent week is about peace. Setting our minds on peace.
Seeking of peace, true peace often alludes us because we seek peace instead of the Peacegiver. We indulge in the things that cannot fill.
Once again, a LIFE situation is creating frustration within me. I am called to focus my mind on the Peacegiver and not rush after trying to fix everything. I need Him and Him alone. He is sufficient. So this morning I stop and get quiet, read John 14:27 and meditate on it. How is this verse speaking to me this day?
"I am leaving you with a gift —peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27
When I place my mind on Jesus' gift of the cross I rest in His completion of all. Nothing is greater than that sacrifice, that accomplishment. He accomplished. He completed. He satisfied. He paid the final cost. I am able to enter into the moment of peace and walk. There is really nothing bigger, nor better, nor fancier, nor richer.
May your week be filled with peace.
May you Find the Peacegiver in the moments of panic/busyness/financial deficiencies/and holiday cheer/exhaustion.
Till next week,
Robyn Rochelle & Biff Cox
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May God Be Glorified in our Endeavors
PS read more about Corrie Ten Boom on the internet or better yet buy her book The Hiding Place
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Robyn Rochelle Cox
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