Monday, October 7, 2013

A Place, a Position and a Presence


You will keep in perfect peace
    
all who trust in You,
    
all whose thoughts are fixed on You!
Trust in the Lord always.
Isaiah 26:3

Peace is a place, a position and a presence.
The city of my self must figure this out.
When I have no peace,
I need to determine whether 
I have lost my place of rest,
my position of trust or 
my dwelling place of His presence.
I must re-enter into His peace
every single time I stray from it.
When we lose our peace,
it really means that we have left Him.
We have stepped off the journey of presence.
The peace that Jesus gives is
unrelated to circumstances.
It is not distracted by fear,
nor it is moved by doubt.
Peace outside of Christ is pitiful at best.
It is contingent on managing emotions
in the midst of trials and challenges
or inspecting every corner to determine
whether or not it is alright to breathe.
For today.  Or for this hour.
Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
nor let it be fearful.
John 14:27
There are so many things every day
which threaten our peace.
Today I stare at the weather report
telling us we are on tornado watch.
I stare at the bank’s email alert
telling us we are on low balance watch.
I stare at my dad’s doctor’s forms
telling us we are on heart and liver watch.
And a bunch of other stuff
telling me of all the watches I need to be on.
I have to stop staring at the reports
and start looking elsewhere.
I look down and see that
I have left the path of peace.
It is time to get back on track,
to re-enter the journey of presence
and let the peace of Christ guard me.
Let the peace of Christ guard your hearts.

Jesus, You tell me that everything You have
is mine and that You give Your peace to me.
Peace is a place of rest, 
a position of trust
and the presence of the 
Prince of Peace Himself.
 I desperately needed that reminder today.
The city of my self is
 a temple of the living God of peace.

2 comments:

  1. Therefore we say to our cities of self, 'lift up your heads, O you gates, and let the King of glory come in!'
    What a beautiful reminder: i can choose His embrace, I can choose to stand next to Him in heaven, and I can choose trust, even when I don't understand. Thank You, Kathy, for your transparency. My journal the past few days is a wrestling with a new level of trust and rest. :) Your blog, yet again, adds another dimension to Father's process in me.
    I will pray for your dad and family. --kj
    Here's a song for you: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HqpJp4hD9Rg

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  2. A favorite verse with a new perspective. Thank you for sharing your gift of revelation and transparency with the rest of us. It is inspiring and enabling. Praying for you and your time with your Dad. Love you dearly---

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