I Heard a Bird Say Shalom

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Posted by Lisa Arnold

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…” (John 14:27)

For me personally, peace is a matter of trust. If I do not feel peace, I know I am not trusting God. As a matter of fact, I will be so bold as to say I am calling Him a liar.


Do not worry says Papa God. 

But, but, but, but...?

We’re human, so anxious feelings bubble to the surface and we begin to take note and make lists. Here’s a sampling of mine recently:
  • “Will the new-to-us van be reliable?”
  • "Will the school nurse call again?"
  • "Will my husband ever be able to quit smoking?"
  • "What if I lose my part time job?"
Anxiety is a complete absence of peace. The sooner I let these festering thoughts go, peace can rush in.

Hear me out. There is a difference between fear which causes anxiety and concern which causes action. God's truth is not a reason to live carelessly. I should never worry about what or when God will provide because Scripture says birds “neither sow nor reap”. But you have never seen a bird sit idly by and decide Papa God would do the nest building. God provides resources and we must do the work when able.

What I’m talking about is when bad news looms and we have actual cause for concern.  Some time ago our daughter was tested for Cystic Fibrosis and the days we had to wait for an answer could have been very painful. However, I chose to lean in on the God who formed her in my womb and knows her appointed time on this temporary home called Earth.  I had to make a decision to trust God, that He would place every resource available in our path to keep our daughter well.

It was only then that the peace which transcends all understanding, made our wait bearable.  Thankfully, our little girl’s story is continuing to unfold without a diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis.

I know not all stories have great news, but all have a great God. Somehow in His mysterious perfection, He is always able to take a cross and ultimately change lives.


May the Peace of Christ be with you my friend.



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