"Trust me in the midst of a messy day. Your inner calm-your Peace in My Presence-need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Though you live in this temporal world, your innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. When you start to feel stressed, detach yourself from the disturbances around you. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control in your little world, relax and remember that circumstances cannot touch My Peace. Seek My Face, and I will share My mind with you, open your eyes to see things from My perspective. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid. The Peace I give is sufficient for you." (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, p. 249) John 16:33, Psalm 105:4, John 14:27Yesterday, Sunday, marked the end of the fourth week of my hospital stay. I'd been well taken care of, my friends called, texted, emailed, facebooked, sent cards, and visited. I remember waking up without a headache and thinking, "Four weeks...how much longer?" Sometimes I get a bit frayed around the edges and at those moments God reminds me that He truly has everything under control. The portions of the devotion that really spoke to me I put in italics and in bold. I was reminded that my peace and God's presence is not dependent on what's going on around me. Eternity is my destination...the messiness of any day is not that big a deal. I don't have to maintain order and be in control...circumstances don't determine my peace. I like God's perspective...I don't have to be afraid because He is sufficient for all my needs.
Now, the devotion really helped me through my "I'm bummed because I can't be in Sunday School and at Church" mood. Remembered a song (which would have gone well with Saturday's post about Moments) by Bekcah Shae that reminded me that being in the moment with Jesus is the best place to be...doesn't have to be a location.