Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Practicing Peace

The triad of nurse assistants rushed into the room, assumed their positions around mom’s bed, and unhooked tubes and wires from the wall. “You’re coming with us,” they said to me. Without delay they carefully confirmed the proper connections to the infusion pump and rolled her down the hospital hall to the elevators. We soon arrived on the dialysis floor. Stunned and a bit fearful, Mom and I knew her immediate future existed in flux. Worry attempted a take over. Wait transformed into our manifesto. Peace slipped away. 

Wait—a four letter word full of feelings of dread, worry, fear, anger, anxiety, uncertainty, impatience, boredom. What did I leave out? Perhaps you’ve waited in lengthy check out lines to make a purchase or stood in seemingly endless lines to enter a event. Maybe you’ve waited to see a doctor or waited in a waiting room for a loved one being seen by a doctor. Possibly you’ve waited for years for the return of a prodigal child or you’ve dreamed of holding that grandchild withheld from you by your own child. Wait converts into a declaration while peace drifts into obscurity. 

The word wait can either be a noun or a verb in sentence structure. Verbs represent action yet this verb feels somewhat inactive—standing, sitting, pacing back and forth, tapping a foot on concrete or a few fingers on a table. But pull back the curtain to someone’s soul and active waiting is discovered. Waiting triggers choice. Either one’s thoughts whirl in anxiety or one’s mind practices peace. 

Most likely we’ve all experienced those stressful feelings of apprehension while longing for peace. So how do we put aside that dreadful angst? Where can we find peace and how do we attain it? 

Peace is found in Jesus Christ. He is the Prince of Peace, the Peacemaker. He is the peace we seek and we find this peace when we seek Him with our whole heart. We practice peace when we search the Scriptures for His truthful words of tranquility. We practice peace when we daily rely on this Peacemaker to perfectly insert His pacemaker into our soul. We practice peace by walking with Him at His pace, avoiding the potholes of distractions in our path. Life presents obstacles when we focus on our circumstances. Jesus imparts peace when we concentrate on Him. 

I practiced peace this weekend. My situation looked dire as my sisters and I waited for our elderly mom to come out of surgery. Living with no kidneys, her body will depend on dialysis to stay alive. If I focus on the circumstances, my mind spins in fear and tears flow. But when I consider the Peacemaker who walks beside me, peace invades me and His Presence consoles me. 

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being my Prince of Peace. Your faithfulness to me frees me from worry and dread. As I wait for your promises, your consolation fills me with joy. Practicing your peace gives me rest. I trust you. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Are you restless with fear and exhausted from waiting? Seek Jesus and practice peace with His loving words of truth. 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 (NIV)

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV)

Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39 (NIV)

For he himself is our peace. Ephesians 2:14 (NIV)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Romans 16:20 (NIV)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)

The God of peace be with you all. Amen. Romans 15:33 (NIV)

“The Lord bless you
    and keep you; 
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)