Saturday, August 20, 2011
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15
This little dove doesn't have to try to be a dove, she just is. She sat there looking at me as I rounded the corner one morning, just being herself, doing what doves do. I think she can teach me a lesson on just being. Being who God made me and resting in the Holy Spirit. With Christ reigning in my heart I don't have to work at getting peace, I already have it in Christ. I need to stop working at it and rest in who He is.
There are so many things trying to rule over our hearts these days, things that threaten that peace......but when I close my eyes and know, really know, that Christ is ruling my heart, I feel myself calm, then my heart starts to beat with His. I am seeing turbulent waters grow calm. I think of how He smoothed out the waves that early morning in the boat.....I hear Him say...."Peace, be still......" to the waves and to my heart.
One of the best ways to feel at peace and to honor Him is by giving thanks. When I give Him my gratitude, I acknowledge where the blessings come from. So today I offer up my list of little things, which are really not so little at all.
I have almost made it through the last of my 12 hour shifts this week feeling under the weather. That was my goal, to finish out the week. I have four days off to look forward to. I had a good night's sleep and that makes the day go much better. I know I will get better, and there are many who won't. I have food, and I have free fruit and drinks all day here at work. All these little blessings are what some would give anything to be able to give to their children.
I know God appreciates it when we stop and realize how rich we really are.
I think of the conversations I have had in the past two weeks, some with family and some with friends who are going through very hard things. One thing stands out. One very important common denominator.
In spite of everything, they hold fast to their gratitude. They are thankful because they know that with God they have it all, but without Him they have nothing.