My friend, may I ask you a question? Life’s conflicts come along when we least expect it. We’re cruising along peacefully and then, BAM; conflict! How do we make sure that peace is restored? Is there a safety net there if we just deploy it?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Why are some able to find peace in the worst of situations, while others become frantic when even the little things in life confront us? The dog pack here at Beech Springs may hold a clue to part of the answer. A pack of dogs is normally a peaceful thing; that is until someone breaches a pack rule. Then, BAM! Someone looked at someone else the wrong way or an imaginary territorial line has been breached. Then, before you know it, a growl can easily become a bark. For the most part, our pack plows along in peace because one of us take the opportunity when tensions rise to step between the offended dogs. It keeps the peace even when peace has been breached.
Life’s like that for you and I sometimes. We’re cruising along peacefully and then, BAM; Conflict and no peace. How do we make sure that peace is restored? Is there a safety net there if we just deploy it?
Here’s a story: A new submarine that was being tested. It had to remain submerged beneath the ocean’s surface for a long time. While the submarine was submerged for its test, a powerful storm passed through the area, causing a great deal of damage. When the submarine returned to harbor, the head of the team that was evaluating the submarine asked the captain, “How did that terrible storm affect you?” The captain looked at the man in surprise and exclaimed, “Storm? We didn’t know there was one!” The reason for the captain’s surprise was that his submarine had been so far submerged that it reached the area known to sailors as “the cushion of the sea.” Although a storm’s high winds may whip the surface into huge waves, the waters in the “cushion” are not even stirred. So while vessels up above were being subjected to turmoil and damage, the submarine down below was not affected. It remained safely in the “cushion.” (Author Unknown)
When we cast our cares upon the Lord, even during difficult times, He’s there to provide us with peace. But like the submarine, we need to take certain actions if we are to receive the benefits of that peace. A life focused on yourself and your problems puts circumstances between you and God. However, a life focused on God puts him between you and your circumstances. Protect your mind from damaging waves of frustration, worry and despair. Storms will still come and go. But as you’re cushioned by God’s grace, when others sink and flounder, you’ll be plowing along in peace. He’s the pack leader and his cushion of peace is his Word.
We pray. Lord, You’ve numbered my hairs and my days. Nothing catches you off-guard or by surprise. There are no wrinkles in your brow or second-guessing in your courts. You give and you take away, blessed be your name, O, Lord. Whenever I’m tempted to doubt your burden bearing care, may Jesus’ cross loom large in my gaze. For it was there, Father, you bore the greatest of all my burdens—my sin; and it was there you demonstrated the limitless reach of your care. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scotty-smith/a-prayer-for-anxiety-and-care-casting/–adalpted)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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