“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
I have read that faith is a fight. I believe that is true. It is a fight to hang on to the promises of God in spite of circumstances and what we see happening around us. This peace supercedes everything. As I learn to release more to God to manage my life, it leaves me with more peace. More joy. It’s settling. There have been days when I had an agenda all lined up with tasks to complete for the day, check list in hand. From my perspective, it would be a good, productive day. Occasionally, I have had the sense that God had other plans.
If I retreat to listen quietly, my plans shift sometimes. Sometimes it results in a luxurious day that I would have missed if I had rushed to my list. One day in particular, I had my list and everything already loaded into my car to run errands. I was actually looking forward to it.
Then I heard a still small voice that was calling me to a much more gentle plan for the day. It included rest, reading, sipping on hot tea and a long luxurious hot bath. It was a warm, snuggly day inside. I had to deal with a few twinges of guilt and wondered if I was being selfish. Then I thought of how excited I get when my daughter decides to spend a day home with me. It doesn’t have to be full of activities. I just enjoy being with her. What I discovered is that God enjoys days like that with us too! We get so caught up in staying busy that we forget about forging a relationship with Him.
I threw the checklist away for the day. I took a nap. I took a long hot bath. I read and sipped hot tea while bundled up in a snuggly blanket. I sat with my Father that day and enjoyed His company. There are many days that I can run around and do errands. Just not today. Today I decided to stay home and spend it with Him.
Psalm 29:11, Isaiah 9:6, John 16:33, John 14:1-3, 6-7