And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
It was one of those perfect Sundays. You know the kind I mean: a relaxed morning prayer time, joyful worship and soul-feeding Bible Study, followed by fried chicken for lunch (courtesy of the local deli but almost as good as my mom’s.) Then to the upstairs back porch swing to watch the birds enjoy the fresh water in the birdbath and the birdfeeders chock full of seeds that are mixed to specifically attract beautiful Texas birds. Next, an hour-long nap on my favorite couch with the windows open and just the right mixture of sunlight and breeze coming in. After that, a walk in our neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful live oak trees and the stillness of a lazy late summer afternoon. In the evening my husband Paul and I enjoyed a TV movie – all the way through without interruption. No phone calls with anxiety producing results. Bedtime at a decent hour. A heart full of gratitude for a day free of conflict or busyness or worry, and the peace that can only come from a real relationship with Jesus.
Scripture says in Lamentations 3:38 that from God ‘both calamities and good things come’. I’ve had my share of calamity days – dark and “please God get me through this” days – and getting through them helped me learn to appreciate the gift-from-God days like that Sunday. Those days are like hefty deposits in my Almighty Bank of Trust. They reassure me, comfort me and build my trust in Him, so that when calamities come I can draw on them and remember that the Lord is near, and even though I don’t understand it I can know His peace.