“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, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
The goal is always to get out on time to go to church. I will admit this “on time” phrase usually equals varied meanings between my husband and I. Blame it on our different upbringings, varied personality traits, or lack of similar priorities, being early/”on time” has been an area I continually seek to improve in and yet you may not know it since failing miserably continues to be my norm.
As much of a task master as I felt I was being on this particular Sunday morning, it wasn’t enough to actually get us all in the car leaving plenty of wiggle room. My husband has helped me see the beauty of “Wiggle room”. Wiggle room creates space and overall peace instead of anxiety and hurriedness when attending any activity. Makes up for unforseen traffic. Creates an ease of mind from those you are meeting with. Promotes positive characteristics of dependability, respect, and consistency in which others see and value in you. But. I. Still. Wiggle. Out. of having wiggle room as I head out the door most days.
As we drove to church, I calculated in my head if we would be able to squeeze in a stop at Dutch Bros and still be early/”on time” to church. I asked the head “time keeper” in our house. He said, “Probably not since the line is always super long”(what he is also saying is since we left with no “wiggle room” we have no time for extras). But what to my wondering, Mint Mocha desiring eyes should see, was no one in the drive through at Dutch Bros coffee. It. Was. Ordained. By. God. My hearts desire could be fulfilled in this moment. And this little before Christmas cheer encompassed my deepest soul (okay, maybe a little over the top, but sometime you need to drive the point home.)
As we pulled right into Dutch Bros we were once again greeted by a curly haired barista girl with ear to ear smiles and questions about our days plans. We rolled down the girls window to let them give the low down to her. My oldest daughter’s response to the, “What are you up to today?”, question was short and sweet, “Going to church”. The barista was polite with her response but didn’t seem to share our same Jesus values. My youngest daughter didn’t want to leave it at that though, she felt some more details should be included, “We go to church right over there at the Safari Sams building. It’s real fun.” My husband and I laughed a little and were somewhat surprised by the barista’s next comment, “That’s cool. I try to get to church when I can because whenever I have gone I feel real peaceful.”
My husband and I discussed afterwards this somewhat unexpected portrayal of how an unbeliever (most likely) encountered the peace of Jesus when entering a church building. And how this Peace, His peace, would be the very reason to go in the first place.
There is nothing like the peace of Jesus to be THE protector of our hearts, mind, and soul when in a time of unknown or trial. This world, and the prince of this world, works overtime to cause fear and doubt as various troubles hit us. I love the way Jesus loves and protects us from all the scary “what could be’s” of the future, “what should be’s” in our now, and let downs of the “what will no longer be’s” of past losses, and gives us His peace. His peace overcomes. His peace quiets us. His peace speaks rest and hope to know it all is and will be well.
Thank the Lord for the protection of peace He offers you today. And then receive His gift of peace in those places which currently trouble you. Including plenty of “wiggle room” in your thoughts to have your mind renewed by His perspective. Building in enough “wiggle room” into your agenda for the day to allow for those “God ordained” appointments He has for you. And as your time is spent wiggling your mind, heart, soul and feet to Him, it is time never wasted. His peace and love are always “on time”, just when we need them.
When has the Lord’s peace protected you from fear? Will you thank Him for doing this?
In what relationship, troubling thought, or current trial do you need the peace of Jesus to overcome you? Will you ask Him right now for His peace surpassing all understanding?
In what part of your typical day/weekly schedule are you prone to become too busy/distracted/burdened and are in need of some Jesus “wiggle room” to be included?
© 2012 Standing on Peace