Thursday, December 22, 2011

God's Gift of Peace

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
Will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Phil. 4:7

            After a routine exam, I got the dreaded “call back” and found myself standing at a cross-roads between two routes. To my left lay Fretful Freeway and on my right was Trusting Trail.

 In similar past situations, I stepped left and trudged down Fretful Freeway. (Not fun! The stomach knots as “what if” imaginations haunt your thoughts, hinder your sleep, and paralyze your usefulness.)

            “Lord Jesus, this trip, I would like to follow You down Trusting Trail. Will You help Me, please?”

            Off we went, the Shepherd and I, strolling down Trusting Trail enjoying pleasant conversation, rich green pastures, and quiet waters along the path that led all the way to Re-Test Day.
The first round of images…
            Orders for more images…
                        Orders for additional testing…
                                    Waiting, waiting, waiting.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage: I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

Alone in the dimly lit hospital room, I marveled, “Father, Your inner peace truly does OVERPOWER outward circumstances! Thank You, for Your Gift of Peace!”

image by google

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
and the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father,
Prince of Peace.
Isa. 9:6

            Two thousand years ago, Sar Shalom, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, came to earth, lived, died for man, and rose again.

I pray this Christmas and in the years to come that you, beloved Mainstream followers, will walk with Him through the troubles of this world and live in His peace.

            The technician stepped back into the room. “Benign cyst. See you next year.”

What a waste of time and energy a trip down Fretful Freeway would have been! O Lord, “Please help me stay close to You on Your path of peace - with good reports and bad ones!”

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
Among men with whom He is pleased.”
Luke 2:14

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