Have you ever spent time reading God’s Word and He smacks you in the head with a 2X4? Am I the only one? Sometimes I believe the Lord uses that 2X4 because I am not always paying attention to what He is trying to get across. Enter my morning Bible Study last week. I might mention that last week was not a great week for our family. My husband lost his aunt to a very short battle with cancer. This sadly isn’t the first loss we have experienced with our families, but this one hit home.
I don’t know if it was the cancer, her age, or leaving behind two daughters, but I felt like I was sent back to January of 1999 when I lost my own mother to cancer. I tried really hard to not let it bother me. I tried just focusing on praying for my mother-in-law, her brothers and sisters, especially the husband, daughters, son and grandchildren left behind. But there was such a restlessness in my heart. Of course, it never occurred to me to pray about that. Enter the 2X4.
So back to my Bible Study. Two completely unrelated studies I read that morning mentioned Numbers 6:24-26 “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Hmmmm. Peace. Had being at peace crossed my mind once in the week? Nope. I was so focused on everything else that I forgot to lay my burdens at the feet of the Prince of Peace. I tried coping on my own and handling things my way which brought the opposite of peace.
There are so many places in the Bible the Lord promises to give us peace. Peace that surpasses all understanding, but many times I find myself rejecting peace. I reject peace because I am trying to control everything like I did last week. I try to do things with my own strength, my own will and determination. But God promises us peace in times of trial. He promises peace when we trust in Him. He even tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:16 that He will give us peace at all times and in every way.
Guess what? That means He will not only give us peace in times of grief, but also when finances are tight or when we are up to our ears in puke from the stomach flu. He will even give peace when I have to drag four kids to Wal-mart on a Sunday afternoon (the most awful place to be in our hometown) because we are out of everything. He will even give us peace when life doesn’t follow the path we thought it would.
I am trying my hardest to keep from making the Lord use His 2X4 and yes, I have learned this lesson on peace and turning to Him in all situations today, but I have a feeling this time won’t be the last. At least for now, it’s a start…