“Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace at all times and in all ways. The Lord (be) with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (AMP)
“Mine”. It’s a word most two-year-olds know and use quite often…loudly! And the nerve of them to use it about “stuff” that they…have…been…given! Oops! Aren’t we guilty as well? (I’m raising my hand!) YES! “Stuff” can make us all act like two-year-olds! I’ve seen it. I’ve done it; and it ain’t pretty! Godly peace was not a part of those childish decisions! Mainly because the orbit was around us, not God!
Living with the mindset of temporal vs. eternal might be enlightening! As John Ortberg wisely notes, “It’s not that treasures are bad. It’s just that they don’t last. It’s all going back in the box.”
Certainly, life can feel a lot like a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. The activities of life can make us feel a bit disconnected and lacking peace. Our best efforts in making pieces “fit” can be short-sighted and often require us to revisit God’s box top for completion. And just like the two-year-old, we often don’t want help from anyone with a more eternal view of aligning the pieces. Nope, we think we’ve “got it”, until we don’t. Note to self…default to wise counsel, God’s timing, and your placement in God’s design.
The divine box top is crucial. It brings focus and order/purpose to the pieces. I must admit, I often ignore the spiritual box top and dive into the scattered pieces on autopilot! If I’m not intentional, I can end up reaching for pieces that aren’t focused on prioritizing God and serving others. I’m busy alright, but is it God-directed and peaceful? Jesus was known for His humble nature and loving manner, not a hurried and chaotic busyness. Isn’t it foolish to realize that we trust the puzzle company to get all the right pieces in a box we purchase, yet we often question the God of the universe with knowing where pieces of our life puzzles connect!
Surrender your piece for His peace today!