A strange thing happen to me Saturday morning. I had just made pancakes to treat myself for working hard all week and pretty soon I started to feel very sick. My gut seemed to tie in knots and I was feeling more nauseous by the minute. My head was swimming and I got to the point where I had to lean over the sink, thinking that I would vomit. I pleaded with God saying “please God, no…” and he said to me, “concentrate on peace.” So at the edge of throwing up I did that and within 10 seconds most of the nausea went away.
I was so amazed that something like peace could resolve something physical that I was feeling. I have believed that pancakes might make me sick before, but in reality that idea gave life to the symptoms that actually had a different cause. The cause was really deep unresolved feelings in my heart, that Christ’s peace had just covered over.
Peace is something that seems hard to come by most days. During the week it’s get up early, work all day, come home, make dinner, eat, then work some more and then eventually go to sleep. For others it’s a day struggling with health challenges and clinging to God’s promises each day of healing and restoration. For yet others there are financial problems and just wondering when a stable income will be possible.
Thankfully God has a great promise for us in scripture
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
This seems nice but how does it look in reality? Why does Christ say that “in me” you may have peace?
I will cover this in my next post.