Kept in Perfect Peace

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You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. ~Isaiah 26:3

There seems to be a flurry of weddings and residential moving taking place in our church. Not sure why, but perhaps being blessed with a pastor’s wife who specializes in real estate has something to do with it.

The moves. Not the weddings.

While our family wouldn’t have chosen to deal with a wedding and a move at the same time, God had different plans and we are finding ourselves in the throes of flowers, contracts, cake, negotiations, and a whole lotta shopping.

It’s been difficult to keep one’s mind stayed on any one thing, much less any one Person.

Sometimes you don’t realize how un-stayed you are until a baker topped with a hair net hands you a wedding shower cake that’s fit for Princess Fiona from Shrek ~ all different, yucky colors of green, topped with hot pink lettering when in fact, you ordered soft sage with light pink lettering ~ and you want to rip that baker’s smiling lips right off her face.

Right off, I tell you.

It’s terribly cliche, but I asked myself what Jesus would do. After a split second of convincing myself He wouldn’t rip anybody’s lips off, I crooked my own lips into a half smile, told that well-meaning baker the cake was “just fine” and fished twenty six George Washingtons out of my purse.

Honestly …. in light of eternity, what did it matter? Who, in a day or two, would recall that the frosting they ate was the color of mashed up peas?

Anger is usually my cue that my mind and heart are stayed on myself, not my Savior. It’s evidence that I am trusting in George Washingtons or my own brains, abilities, and strength.

Scripture says that if we want peace, our minds must be stayed on Him and trust that whatever He has in store for us is best. He’s not so much concerned about pea green wedding cakes as He is our sanctification, and He will use whatever means needed to ensure we are conformed to His image.

The question then becomes, how do we keep our mind stayed on Him, when life gets so irritating, complex, and … loud?

I tend to do this in a number of ways: Scripture reading, listening to a favorite hymn, or talking it through with Shaun or another close friend. But by far, the most effective way I have found to deal with a lack of peace is to “take it to the Lord in prayer.”

I don’t mean worry prayers, where I fall on my knees in unbelief and beg Him to change my situation to suit my wants and needs. I mean questioning prayers … Lord, what do You want me to learn from this? How can I become more like You through this trial? I mean prayers more concerned with His glory than my own … Lord, how can I glorify You in this situation? Whatever it takes, use this situation so that You increase and I decrease.

The Lord’s Prayer begins with Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done… And this model prayer doesn’t begin that way for mere pomp and circumstance. It begins that way to yank our minds back to what, or rather, Who, should have the preeminence in all things.

These are things I am learning through our trying, yet so exciting time of moving and giving our daughter away. I don’t have it perfected. But I am growing ever confident that He who began a good work in me will complete it until the day of Christ. And I trust as you go through your own wedding, move, or any potentially trying circumstance that He will do the same for you.

He’s faithful. Never doubt that. Stay your mind on Him. Pray well, trust wholly, and you will be kept in perfect peace.

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One Response to “Kept in Perfect Peace”

  1. Lois says:

    Sometimes I get so bogged down I don’t know what to pray, and the Lord’s Prayer always rescues me from that quicksand of doubt and apprehension. Thanks for the inspiration you so freely give to others with your words.

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