Ever feel like God is talking to you about something specific, and He’s saying "Get this, and get it NOW?" That is the urgency I’ve sensed with understanding His peace. (I refuse to wonder WHY I need so urgently to get it right this second, because i just don’t need to let my mind go there)
Specifically, He’s talking to me about how His peace is directly related to acknowledging and submitting to His authority over my life. I get that.
Here I mentioned that following God can be really inconvenient. I had the well thought out idea that Mike really shouldn’t take Kim-11yr and Ethan-6yr on this cruise. I had a TON of reasons, mostly stemming from the ugly/unhealthy family dynamics we’ve got going on right now. I always worry when the kids are away, but I couldn’t even imagine how much worse it would be this time. For SO many reasons, this was a bad idea for them.
But Mike insisted.
I brattily said, "Fine! You tell God to change my mind, because that’s the ONLY way I’ll agree." Ha! I thought I had it in the bag. No way was that gonna happen.
But it did. God said ‘let them go.’ So I did.
I haven’t worried about them at all.
Peace accompanied submitting to the Prince of Peace. I couldn’t have predicted it, and it didn’t make sense until I started getting into the lesson on peace this week.
So, if I’d done it my way, my kids would not be in Mexico right now. I would not be relaxed, I assure you, I would be caught up in the ugly/unhealthy family dynamics we have going on right now. Peace would not be mine, or theirs. I would have chosen what i THOUGHT was peace – but it would have been my way. And thank God that His ways are not our ways and his peace is a whole lot better than my idea of peace!
What I keep sensing is He’s pointing out that to a degree peace is a CHOICE. Hmm. It’s not just mine, just because? Nope. Not if I choose not to submit to the Prince of Peace.
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
So it’s that "Let" God is talking about. I can ‘let’ or ‘not let’ peace rule in my heart. And I can choose to be thankful, or not.
Living Beyond Yourself, Not Eloquent or Fancy:
Choose to submit to the Prince of Peace. (Don’t decide you know what’s best, Kels, and keep your kids from the blessing of seasickness and sunburns.)
In this instance, this is ‘letting’ peace rule.
Then, get a good attitude about it, be grateful, and don’t be a brat.
(i wanted to post now, since I’m supposed to, but I’m still going over the homework and studying this stuff.)
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