I read the last entry of devotions from “Jesus Calling” while sipping my first cup of morning coffee yesterday. It was a few precious minutes before 6 am, but that is the only time my house is quiet…usually. I poured my coffee and then quietly and delicately stirred in hazelnut creamer with my flea market tea spoon my sister brought me from London. Even the slightest ‘tink’ of the spoon tapping the side of the mug will rouse my oldest child. She hears everything.
I sat and read Sarah’s interpretive words about peace from our Lord and thought how fitting they were:
“As this year draws to a close, receive My Peace. This is still your deepest need, and I your Prince of Peace, long to pour Myself into your neediness. My abundance and your emptiness are a perfect match.”
A perfect match. I never thought of it that way. I never thought of the “jars of clay” that we are, as being the perfect vessel to hold such treasure. But it is a perfectly divine match. Our brokenness, His wholeness. Our sin, His perfection. Our pride, His humility. Our anxiety, His Peace. He Himself is the perfect groom for His bride, the perfect match to our neediness…and oh how needy we are.
I sat for a few minutes and thought about the year gone by. It was so full of both joy and sorrow. The days pass too often in accelerated monotony that it is difficult to assess what has been experienced. But in my dark, quiet living room, I looked back and thought of the time that had gone by. Birthdays. Remodeling. Bible studies. Soccer games. Broken bones. Once in a lifetime vacations. Days on the beach. Days at the pool. School starting. Mean girls. Late nights at work. Painting. More remodeling. Death. More soccer. Failed potty training…I could go on and on. It’s been a full year, and an emotionally difficult one as well. But as I sat on my sofa yesterday morning, Peace settled in next to me and whispered “You are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). I could honestly, in that moment of reflection, completely see that truth in my life. Especially the perplexed part. How many times this year have I asked “why”! I’m still asking why. But truth spoke loudly and I had peace, because despair I do not have…and there is a difference.
Because we know Truth, we therefore have hope. And if we have hope, then we are not in despair…and therefore we have Peace. We can endure tomorrow. Our neediness has been filled by His abundance, and so we are free to expect great things. Expect Peace. Expect an adventure for sure, but know that Peace is leading you. I can’t wait to share this new year with you, thanks for reading along with me here at Playing Sublimely. I so love and appreciate your companionship.
Peace be with you in 2012!
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