Peace For The Road

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So there might be a whole lot fear heaped up ahead on the road you travel right now and panic might be driving the motor car and it’s reeling out of chaotic control, heading right to your doorstep. And there it sits heavy on your shoulders, smack dab in the middle of that heap of fear! It’s got you pinned underneath it’s weight and yeah, the old saying that “No news is good news” is really true after all, because just maybe you got news and it wasn’t good! No news was better wasn’t it? And it’s processing in our heads and our hearts right now and it’s a difficult place with hard steps and I wonder what it is it that has caused panic and fear to emerge with such force to make you want to throw in the towel and run fast in the other direction?

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We can’t do it! We can’t run away! We can’t run anywhere and as matter of fact we can’t even walk away because our story is our story and it’s us and it’s ours to deal with. So we can’t make a get-a-way except straight into the outstretched arms of Jesus and step into His peace, even right where we are! You gotta know He’s got this. Your stuff has been Father filtered and even though it’s tough, it has His stamp of approval for this moment, and even though it’s a hard place, He has it and He has your back and He has unlimited grace enough to get you through. So beautiful soul, when the brokenness is harsh and the news is bleak and the pain is unbearable, and the mind can’t focus, rest gently in the nail pierced hands of the Savior, the Sovereign One who knows the pain. Yeah, for sure the One who spoke peace into the vicious storms and calmed the raging waters can and will whisper peace into your panic.

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Mark 4: 38 – 40
“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”…

John 14: 27
“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.”


 

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Frayed, Frazzled And Victorious


So there’s a whole heap of us weary pilgrims, tired and frayed from the battles of the journey. It’s mind boggling isn’t it how simplicity becomes so complex and small becomes so monstrous and way over the top? Yeah, don’t we know it well? Those times when problems surpass any kind of peace, big time and issues drain us and take our focus from the Truth? So, we’re frayed, frazzled and undone, dumped up on the shoreline like a rotten pile of debris mixed with broken shells, dead fish and seaweed. No, it’s not a pretty sight nor is it a great day when trouble comes knocking and keeps knocking it’s nitty-gritty way, well into the days, weeks, and months of life. Where’s God when you need Him most? Why so silent God? Why no answers God? No confirmations and sometimes not even a promise to ease that tired, restless mind into some sort of peaceful ambiance?

Oh beautiful soul, you can know, He’s there, walkin’ it with you, feelin’ it for you, experiencing it just like you and He’s interceding to His Father just for you and I and we and us. Oh yeah, you can know it. All that brokenness, that shell of brokenness that lies on the shoreline! He’s got that and He’s keeping it in His care as He orchestrates the next perfect step, the next best move, the next wise thought, and the next beautiful repair. Your brokenness is in His care. Your fear is kept in His Trust and your worries? Yeah, they’re carried on His shoulders. So let them go!

The One Sovereign God, gave up His credentials to become like us. To walk among us. To feel the pain of sin and excruciating brokenness. Christ gave up His heavenly crown of royalty, to replace it with one of thorns. It is He who stretched His arms wide across the cross of death for a lost world and you and I and it is He who knows our pain from the inside out. He’s got this, whatever it is that’s got you completely undone. Search Him, Seek Him out! See Him in your broken spaces and broken places and heaps of washed out debris. He makes all things new and He fashions them from broken and nothing, and disappointment. That’s what he does. I love how He does it.

Say with the Psalmist in Psalm 63: 1 – 3, 7
“O God, You are my God; I earnestly search for you. My whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You….Because You are my helper, I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.”

What Kind Of Love?


Hebrews 12: 2.

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12: 1, 2.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down. Especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding it’s shame. Now He is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne….

Jesus is our supreme example of faithful endurance and all the brutal, lonely way to the cross He proved it. Not that He had to prove it, but rather it gave Him joy to die for the sinner’s hope of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life.

What kind of love is that? What kind of love endures the hard, lonely, struggle and scorns the shame of it? Only one who has his eyes fixed on His heavenly Father and His will. Christ did it for us, let’s run our own personal race for Him. Let’s face our brutal, lonely challenges for His glory. Life gets tough and quickly weighs us down. If we focus on the problem, we’ll quickly lose heart, fall from the race and succumb to the struggle, but if we focus on the Lord, we’ll find renewed strength. He blesses the life of faith in the believer, so let faith arise! Throw off the doubt, fear, worry, failures, discouragement and strongholds so that you can run freely and smoothly, without entanglement, with your eyes focused clearly on Christ, who runs beside you or carries you but also sits today at the right hand of the throne of God, interceding for you and praying for your endurance to make it to the finish line. You can do it with Him! Focus, focus, focus!

The Worry ~ Fear Spin


So, there’s a whole lot of world spinning around you and a whole lot of noise and the good ole’ days have jollied along South and left you to fend for yourself in that heap of spinning debris whirling in your mind. Yeah, the good ole’ days ~ the days when life just seemed a whole lot simpler and much more enjoyable. It was smooth sailing then wasn’t it and life was carefree? Today it seems that fears lurk in the corners and nip at your heels. The kids grow up and want their space! They show their colors as personalities take shape. They demand, they want, they fuss and tantrum and parenting is hard! The money wanes! Pressures mount! The work-a-day world is a joke and worry is gut – wrenching and real and cruel and taunts and teases and distracts and if we give it a place it destroys us from the inside out. It sideswipes! Runs us off- track and if we’re not careful, ~ “Out of the race.”

There’s a bunch of us that know it and know it well and know it’s grip and know how it grabs us and snatches us into it’s vices, tossing us about in the wind, yet it’s relentless to free us and let us go.


Oh yeah, have you been there, or are you right now, right there? Right smack dab in the middle of the worry spin? Beautiful you, when it’s caught you in it’s grip, look to the LORD for help and say with confidence the song of the Psalmist in Psalm 121: 1-2:

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Psalm 56:3
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Worry and trust do not live together in the same mind or the same heart, so beautiful soul, it’s one or the other. Why not snatch the trust, Grab it! hang on to it! Stand firm on it and believe God’s promises are true. Refuse the enemy’s take charge ability to break through your defense line ~ your beautiful mind! Your beautiful soul.
God’s got this! Let Him have all of it!

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