I woke up this morning so thankful to finally have had a good night’s rest. For the past four days I haven’t been able to sleep well. I was tossing and turning, waking up feeling troubled. Things had been really rough at home. My husband and I seemed distant, and it seemed as though my patience lasted but a minute with my twins. I had began to feel lost in the realities of marriage, mommy-hood, ministry….life. I felt like I was going crazy.
That first restless night I woke my husband up in tears. I told him that I couldn’t sleep and that I’d had a bad dream. He began to pray for me and within minutes I felt this warm peace wash over me as my eyelids slowly closed. Unfortunately, the next three nights would be the same. I just couldn’t figure out what was going on. I literally felt as though the enemy had been tormenting me and trying to take away my peace.
The following day I picked up my Bible and read John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” I meditated on this verse throughout that day and felt this unparalleled peace that overcame me. I began to feel strengthened and hopeful.
God has truly blessed my life. I have an amazing husband and wonderful children. Although life can get kind of hard at times, I wouldn’t give this up for anything. However what God had blessed me with, the enemy was trying to turn it into a curse. He tried convincing me I was insignificant as a wife, mother, and a woman. And I had let those condemning thoughts take up residence in my mind and heart… which eventually depleted me of peace.
Jesus tells us, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Life is going to happen. We will get tired of chasing the little ones, our bosses will get on our nerves, our relationships may wear on us. But no matter what, those things cannot take away God’s peace that He offers to us. Nor does it take away the blessings of life.
Whatever may be going on in your life at this very moment, know that His gift of peace is available to you. We often can find ourselves settling for the mediocre peace that the world or our own logic provides. This is a counterfeit calm that tells us when our finances are doing good we are doing greater, and when our children behave well life better. But when we seek God’s peace it is something that surpasses all understanding. It’s the peace that whispers to us, “Child, although you can’t see my plan, trust me. Rest in my peace. It’s not shaken by your current situation circumstances. It is a peace that will hold you through to the very end.”
Jesus doesn’t offer us the calm before the storm, but He is the Calm during the storm.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! – 2 Thes. 3:16