Peace: Friday

If you are very honest with yourself today, do you feel the deep-seated, rich blessing, peace of God?  Or do you feel a little like you’re holding all together with duct tape and safety pins (hot glue and bobby pins, for me)?  Do you feel a little like your prayers are hitting the ceiling, or that you don’t really know where to go from here?  I’ve heard it said that “When you don’t know what to do, do what you know to do.” In my life right now it looks like this:  I don’t know where Madeline will go to school next year, and from where I’m sitting it looks like there isn’t a decent Braille program within a 2 ½ hour radius, but I do know that I should create teachable moments at home.  And that I should pray for her, encourage her, and love her.  So when I don’t know what to do about her education, I’ll do what I know to do:  I’ll pray, I’ll teach and love – and trust that God meant it when he said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care...So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:28-31)

When you don’t know what to do, do what you know to do.  I think that is golden advice.

When I don’t know what to do, one of the things I always know to do is to try make peace with other people.  I see it all over scripture.  Matthew 5:23-24 says, “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the alter and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”

Romans 12:16-18 says, “Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited.  Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

1 Thessalonians 5:13-17 says, “Live in peace with each other…be patient with everyone.  Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else…for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

That last one is pretty clear:  THIS IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOU.  Sort of eliminates the “I didn’t know what to do” argument.  Here is one thing that I know you should do:  Live in peace with the people around you.  Treat everybody kindly.  Forgive people no matter the offense.  We are to be reconcilers, always willing to be the first to humbly bow a knee and ask for forgiveness, or to serve someone.

So if today you find yourself with lots of tasks, lots of responsibilities, but not really knowing “what to do,” just do what you know to do.  Ask God to make clear to you a person you can make peace with today.  Is there a strained relationship in your home?  Have you been a little short with someone you find particularly annoying?  A little cold to someone who’s hurt you, whom you disapprove of, of whom you’re jealous?

In doing this thing that we know to do, we will find ourselves putting disharmony aside, and reviving our relationship with the Lord - and fully experiencing this season of peace.