Did you fail? Do others fail you? Does peace seem like a pipe dream?
Sometimes we see all that’s wrong in our world and think, “I can do something about this.” And most often we do. If the milk is spilt, we clean it up. If a chair needs fixed, we get to work. There are things we know we can tackle and complete.
But what if your budget is stretched beyond your ability to pay all the bills? Or a project at work gets rejected, which forces you to start over with no idea how to make the necessary changes? Are you faced with helping your child with online learning, and are not sure how to motivate them? Sometimes we trust our own ability to do what is the most challenging to us and we hit a brick wall. When you trust only in you, you’re missing the best help available – God. When you trust in your own heart and mind and not in God’s heart and mind, you won’t find peace, mostly because you will fail you. But God’s peace, which comes when you trust in God’s heart and mind, is greater than you can imagine. It “surpasses all comprehension”.
There are some things we know we cannot change. We can’t make wars end. We can’t stop wildfires from starting or angry people from rioting without being in danger for our own lives. So how do we cope? Again we go to God.
If you can accept and find peace in the fact that you will fail you, you can more easily understand when others fail you. Looking out at all that is happening in the world, it’s easy to lose our sense of peace. But try looking at it this way. If you, who are trying to follow God, fail Him, how much more will those who don’t have the wisdom to follow Him. It almost seems as if it would be a miracle to see anything different. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by all the increase in violence or in passionate speeches that sound like tyranny.
Peace can be found by turning to God for help, in finding the good that’s out there and being thankful for it, and by seeking His will. We may not know where our world is heading, especially as we see our failures and the world’s, but He does. Can we have peace in the worst of situations?
I believe that peace is knowing that the only Wise One is the only One in charge after all. Even if we can’t wrap our minds around all that is happening and find peace, if we just trust in His plan, we can know that there will indeed be a good outcome. And we will find peace.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil4:6-7