In the midst of struggle look for God’s grace…
As I look out this afternoon watching the beautiful snow fall from the sky I cherish the quiet. As I sit here, still for a moment, watching the snow it also is quiet. Full of peace. And I think about my peace. The last few days have been full of appointments, education, surgery, then instructions and guidelines and therapy. It has been hurry up and then wait. It has been up and down but all surrounded in good. Anyone else feel like they just want to enjoy this Christmas season, breathe in the smells and see the beauty, but life is tossing us around? The hustle and bustle, here and there, pick this up, drop that off. Where do we find the quiet? The stillness? The peace? How do we find peace in the midst of struggle? Where do we run when the waves of the flood are overwhelming us?
Come to Me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) We must come. Come to the One who can give us rest. Rest in the midst of the hustle and bustle, rest in the middle of struggle, rest in the middle of overwhelmed. We must take the time to come… right where we are. This is where I found it today. Peace. Rest. Grace.
He can bring so much beauty into our day when we come to Him. In the midst of this struggle, this circumstance, this day. His peace is like a river that presses on and through and over. I can hear it rushing now to fill up my weary soul.
But we must come… we must press into Him, the only One who can bring the peace that our souls long for. He is the mountain moving God who can move these mountains of struggle. He can calm the sea surrounding us and bring us peace. Our struggle might not change and our circumstances might be the same as they were yesterday, but in our souls we can have peace amidst it. But we must come…
‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.’ – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Hold on to the good… I love this reminder that He is good and He does good even when we don’t feel good. Our struggles don’t feel good, they hurt and they can leave us feeling empty. But lets believe the Father for His goodness. Come to Him today… run to Him. Let Him restore your peace.