My friend, may I ask you a question? Losing things has a real way of spoiling the day, doesn’t it? Is there anything worse than frantically searching for a lost item and not finding it? Life becomes hectic, even disturbing, without peace, in those instances–right?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
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Recently I lost my hearing aids. I was about to go on a trip that would take me away for a week and was concerned that I wouldn’t find them in time. Sitting down at the kitchen table with Holly, I tried to clear my mind and think as to where I put them. Of course she asked me when I last wore them. I knew the answer. I had them on the previous evening during dinner with family. I took them out during dinner as I remembered that they had started to bother me. I distinctly remember putting them in the small cloth carrier I had in my pocket at the time. Holly and I spent hours looking for them everywhere. I even searched the dirty laundry and the trash. Finally, as I had to leave the following morning, we called it quits. The following morning when departure time approached I recommenced the search, mostly in the same places–skunked again. I decided to finish packing my suitcase and leave without them. Two days later, into my trip, I decided to put on a pair of jeans; one of a number of pairs I had brought along. Thumbing through the pile, I slid out a pair and put them on. Reaching into the right pocket I felt a small case. There it was. I had put them in my case all right and slid them into my pocket. Since I removed the jeans that night and decided they weren’t dirty, I replaced them in my dresser drawer and later packed them for the trip. The hearing aids were where they belonged all the time, but I didn’t look there.
We’ve all done that, misplacing something and then searching everywhere except where we should have. That has a real way of spoiling the day, doesn’t it? Is there anything worse than frantically searching for a lost item and not finding it? Life becomes hectic, even disturbing, without peace, in those instances–right?
In John 15:15 Jesus invites us into his peace? We always seem to be looking for peace in our lives, especially when things don’t work the way we planned them. Are we looking in the right places? Here’s a story: John James Audubon, the great ornithologist, with gun and pencil, went through the forests of America to bring down and to sketch hundreds of beautiful birds. It’s said that, after years of toil and exposure, he completed his manuscript and put it in a trunk in Philadelphia for a few days of recreation and rest. Later he opened the trunk and found that rats had utterly destroyed the manuscript and most of his precious, one-of-a-kind sketches. But, without any discomposure or any fret or bad temper, he once again picked up his gun and pencil, and visited again all the great forests of America, and reproduced his immortal work, Audubon’s Birds of America. And yet there are people with the ten-thousandth part of THAT loss who are utterly irreconcilable, who at the loss of a pencil or a pair of gloves will blow as long and sharp as a northeastern storm. (Unknown)
I had little peace looking for those hearing aids. I turned over stone after stone looking for them and looked in all the wrong places. Audubon probably showed more patience looking for his lost artwork than I did for two small hearing aids. Why? He didn’t bother turning over the stones of regret and grief in his life. Rather, he convinced himself that the answer to his loss was right where it was all the time, in his own do-over. The peace of God is no different; we don’t need to search for it as if it were hiding. Rather, it’s right where God put it, in Christ –in us. Lost your peace? Assume it’s where it’s always been and you won’t waste time searching for it. Reach into your spiritual pocket, your heart, and move on.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us all the peace that we need in life within the easy reach of our own hearts. Forgive us, Lord, when we search for peace in our lives in places of pleasure, wealth and activities, always failing to find what we’re looking for because it was there inside us all along. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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