My friend, may I ask you a question? We so often search for peace through the day-to-day conquering of life’s little pitfalls– why? Isn’t peace we truly seek, perhaps, something altogether less tangible; more a product of how we wear the trouble as opposed to disposing of it?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Life is full of events that rivet us in crisis mode time after time. In each case we long for an end to the disruption of our lives and the beginning of a long sigh of relief as we bounce from one problem to the next. That’s the lot of this life and of all the world’s problems. You and I are constantly seeking peace, a time when there are no problems, no conflicts, simply a time of nothing that opposes us. Unfortunately, the peace we seek is fleeting, replaced so quickly by tomorrow’s conflict. In a way those sighs of relief are little more than sighs of realization; realization that though one thing has gone right for the moment, it is likely that something will go dreadfully wrong before too long.
In reality, searching for peace through the day-to-day conquering of life’s little pitfalls is pretty worthless. The peace we truly seek is, perhaps, something altogether less tangible; more a product of how we wear the trouble as opposed to disposing of it.
Pat Barnes writes: “It was a beautiful spring day, and a sense of peace stayed with me as I left the cathedral on Easter Monday morning. I paused for a moment on top of the steps leading to the avenue, now crowded with people rushing to their jobs. Sitting in her usual place inside a small arch way was the old flower lady. At her feet corsages and boutonnieres were parading on top of a spread-open newspaper.The flower lady was smiling, her wrinkled old face alive with some inner joy. I started down the stairs—then, on an impulse, turned and picked out a flower. As I put it in my lapel, I said, ‘You look happy this morning.’ ‘Why not? Everything is good.’ She was dressed so shabbily and seemed so very old that her reply startled me. ‘You’ve been sitting here for many years now, haven’t you? And always smiling. You wear your troubles well.’ ‘You can’t reach my age and not have troubles.’ she replied. ‘Only it’s like Jesus and Good Friday . . .’ She paused for a moment. ‘Yes?’ I prompted. ‘Well, when Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, that was the worst day for the whole world. And when I get troubles I remember that, and then I think of what happened only three days later—Easter and our Lord arising. So when I get troubles, I’ve learned to wait three days . . . somehow everything gets all right again.’ And she smiled good-bye. Her words still follow me whenever I think I have troubles. Give God a chance to help . . . wait three days.” (Pat Barnes, March 1995 issue of Guideposts)
Christ promised His disciples that His “peace” would remain with them always. This is not a peace that comes and goes, dependent upon our ability to cope or to solve. Rather, this peace is in our hearts and causes us to manage trouble with patience and endurance. Christ’s peace gives us the ability to wear our burdens well even when others might be crushed by them. This is the beautiful and longed for peace that can come only from a reliance on Christ as our burden bearer and a belief that He who loves us will never leave us even when we are full of sorrow. If we could but learn to wait three days each time we are tempted to despair over our lot in life we too might find that, given a chance, God will always be there to help us find the peace we were looking for in the first place.
We pray. Heavenly Father, it is so easy to despair when things go wrong. It is so easy to become embittered and ready to quit. Father, when life becomes a burden, give us the patience to wait in silence upon Your good grace that we might witness the miracle of your love for us each time we stumble and fall. Give us that peace. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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