Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Through all the worry and fear, though, God has been there, whispering peace to my frantic heart. Over and over, He's reminded me that He's walking this road with me. He whispers His promises - "I have a plan. You're going to be fine. ~Amanda at Grace in Our Moments
Though it's been years now since I've been compelled to rise and shine early on a daily basis to wake my children, and later, my step-sons, through elementary, middle and high school, and prepare myself for another day of teaching, I still have difficulty controlling and redirecting my frantic heart in morning's early hours. Even though I've left the ogre of a 5:00 a.m. kick-me-out-of-bed in the distant past, I can't seem to the escape the sense of urgency I feel the minute I wake up. It's akin to that panic I used to feel when I feared being late for work or realized I'd forgotten to bring something with me which was all-important to a successful lesson.
Frantic. Rush to brew the coffee. Race to turn on the computer. Quickly, quickly peruse the e-mails, then off to Facebook, responding to blog comments, reading others' blogs, sharing, commenting, tweeting . . .
What on earth, or in heaven, am I thinking? Can't the demands of the world wait when the most important conversation I'll have all day is with God?
As Amanda writes: He whispers His promises - "I have a plan. You're going to be fine."
God doesn't want me to rush; He wants me to slow down. To catch my breath. To not gulp down my coffee when I should savor each sip.
The Lord, in love with us, His fragile creatures, desires us to treasure and revel in every precious moment He gives. God wants us to know it will be fine because it's not about racing around heedlessly. It's not about immediately meeting the expectations of others, real or imagined.
It's about resting in Him. Trusting in His presence and His timing. If we consciously turn over the day to God the moment our feet hit the floor, He will be faithful to steer us true and calm our hearts even when the storms rage.
So now, the second I feel that old, all-too-familiar frantic sensation creeping into my heart, I pray for God's peace.
And it always comes . . .
Are you starting off your day with the Lord?
Prayer: Father, when our lives seem to be whirling out of control and our hearts grow frantic, fill us with Your peace that we might know living in Your presence is all that matters. In Jesus' name, amen.