I was doing my morning devotion today and came across a very good entry from a booklet titled, Be Blessed, by Jane L Fryar. This is a booklet with 25 devotions for women. The entry I read today was a real blessing to me and so I share it with you.
“The Lord…give you peace.” Numbers 6:26
“How do you escape the turmoil and pressure of everyday life? Sometimes God’s daughters soak up peace in a long bubble bath by candlelight. Sometimes we enjoy a mug of steaming hot chocolate beside a warm fire. Sometimes we visit a quiet park for a relaxing walk or rest beside a gushing fountain.
“Just thinking about those possibilities slows my breathing and entices me to drop my shoulders into a more relaxed posture. How about you?
“But what about those stressors that won’t so easily melt away and escape down the drain of the bathtub when we pull the plug? What about those long-term worries that tear at our hearts? What about that ongoing crisis that fills the pit of our stomach with butterflies that won’t stop fluttering? What about that loss we have never quite gotten over-the loss that still brings tears to our eyes so many years after the judge’s gavel fell, the casket descended into the ground, or the doctor mouthed the word mastectomy?
“Peace. It often eludes us, especially when life has battered and bruised our hearts. So when we hear God’s good words, “The Lord…give you peace,” we may feel a bit skeptical. We may even object, whispering words like these: “Peace? But God you don’t know my storm! You haven’t felt the fury of the winds that have left my soul in tatters!”
“Those words come from a deep place of pain inside our souls. But from an even deeper place, the place inside where the Holy Spirit has chosen to take up permanent residence, we know the truth. This truth comes from the heart of our faithful God himself:
“But now, this is what the Lord says-he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3″
Wow! What a blessing lies in those words. It does not matter about the economy, the wars, the droughts or the floods-Our God is watching over us all the way!