The Peace of God

Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.

King David

A friend of ours was in a roll-over accident a few years back. She walked away with some pretty rough bumps and bruises but, as it turned out, everything was okay. It is easy to sit back and calmly reflect upon such incidents after they are long past, but it is another thing to keep your head when information is scant and the outcome is uncertain. When we got the call our first thought was, "Is she alright?". The second, because she and her husband have two beautiful girls was, "Were the kids with her?", and, "How are they?" Fortunately, the girls were not with her and they were alright.

I believe that such situations provide clarity to the great blessings we have as servants of God. You see, this young lady is a Christian. Her husband is a Christian. We are Christians. So as soon as we got off the phone - okay, while we were still on the phone - we started praying. You know how such prayers go, for you have prayed such prayers. At first they are filled with panic - an urgent call for help. Then, and this is the hardest part to explain to anyone who is not a Christian, there is a peace. But how can there be peace in such a tumultuous situation?

It is because God is in control! When we pray, we are not presenting our requests to someone who may or may not have the ability to handle our requests. We are praying to the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He not only knew of the situation before we did, He knew exactly what was needed and how to accomplish it.

The other reason that for our peace, even in turmoil, is because of our knowledge of what we are here for - to go to Heaven. Now it is true that none of of want to leave our loved ones one second too soon, but faithful Christians will be in Heaven someday and they will be reunited with their faithful Christian loved ones.

Success for a Christian is the destination - not the time of departure.

So we panic. And we pray. And then we have peace. For we know Who is in charge. Are you a Christian?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests t o 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