Friday, June 12, 2009

Peace be with you

I had a tough day on Tuesday. I had to do something emotionally exhausting -- something I never thought I'd have to do. It reminded me of the children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." I've always loved that book title. Ever had one of those days?

But, even on my worst days, God is at His best. I asked for help, and He arranged for a dear friend to come pray with me. This is a friend I prayed with for 8 years in a weekly prayer group. She knows me well, so she understood my hurting heart and helped me turn over my burdens to God.

Then another friend called and prayed with me over the phone. She knew what I was facing and didn't want me to face it until she'd brought my situation before the throne of grace.

So I faced my worst day with prayer support, and I saw the words from Phil 4:6-7 come alive.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I had peace when I had every reason to be anxious. The God of the universe heard the prayers of three women -- prayers for peace in the midst of a storm -- and I experienced the calm that comes when God says "Peace be with you."

If I hadn't had the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Iwouldn't have asked for help.
If I hadn't experienced the worry, I wouldn't have known the peace.

Lord, thank you for that day and the worry for they resulted in your peace.

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