Sorry, for the delay in a new post. I had a busy weekend. My best friend, Megan, is getting married and my friend Kristian and I threw an engagement party for her (pics at the end of the post!) Back to this post, I know…you’re probably thinking, “weird title” but keep reading.
So, as some of you may know, I wear an insulin pump. It’s a pretty amazing thing. I went from giving myself 5+ shots a day to just changing this set every three days.
I won’t go into the science and technology behind it (if you have questions, you can e-mail though! I love to talk about it!) I just got this insulin pump in January. I was pretty apprehensive of changing the insulin set because I use this little thing that shoots it in ( a lot scarier sounding than it really is).
Cool story, bro…but what does it mean for me?
I began to think about this “gusher” I thought I was prepared for everything this insulin pump could throw my way, but I was wrong. How much is like that our lives? We do what we can to prepare for the unexpected, the chaotic but when the unexpected and chaotic happens we become overwhelmed. I’m sure everyone reading this has had a time in their life when they were thrown a curve ball. When something happened to you that you didn’t expect, that through your world through a loop, yet when the unexpected happens we are overwhelmed.
From disorder to order
So what do we do? What’s the solution when the unexpected happens? I venture to say that the reason we feel overwhelmed when the unexpected happens, the reason why we shut down and just sob, is because we don’t have peace. I know what some of you are probably thinking…peace is such a fluff word. Everyone says peace, peace, peace…but what does having peace really mean? I think there are two types of peace. (1) Peace with God and (2) Peace of God.
1. Peace with God
There is a gap, a relational rift between us and God. We try to bridge that gap on our own. I know before I was a Christian, I tried to bridge that gap with good works. If I did all of these good things, I would to bridge the gap between us. But the reality is that nothing we can do will bridge that gap. The only thing that can bridge that gap is the cross and Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 says:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Do you have peace with God? Has there been a time in your life when you realized you were on two different sides of the cliff and you asked Jesus into your heart?
I urge you to read Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, [Jesus is Lord,”] and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” and pray that verse.
2. Peace of God
Peace with God leads to peace of God. When we don’t have Jesus, we naturally have chaos and disorder in our lives. I know, some of you may be thinking, “wow, Amanda…bold statement.” Seriously, look at the people around you that know Jesus. They still struggle, they still experience the unexpected and chaotic, but how do they handle it? I hope that they seem to have a peace about them, a joy through the hard times that is abnormal from the rest of the world. I love John 14:27:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
What an encouraging verse!! Jesus does not give us the peace that the world offers, He gives us his peace. In fact, he doesn’t just give us His peace, He promises us His peace and let me tell you something I know about Jesus (and I don’t know nearly enough) HE NEVER BREAKS HIS PROMISES. No matter what happens in life… He is still God, He is still good, and He is still in control—let yourself rest in that promise!
My Favorite Peace Passage
“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7
I don’t know what you’re going through in life right now…maybe everything is gravy or maybe you’re dealing with a gusher. I can promise you that even if everything is great now, you will experience a gusher, but Jesus can bring peace.