Where Peace Begins

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Posted by Katie

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(Modified and reprinted from Dec. 19, 2011)

Shutting off the T.V.? The computer? My phone? The light? Easy. Easy. Easy. Easy.

Shutting off my mind? Not so easy peasy. At the end of a long day, I often find my mind still running full speed ahead, trying to work on the problems of the day and the issues of tomorrow. On days like this my evening prayers go a little something like this: “Help me to stop working on all of this stuff Lord. Help me to rest. Give me peace.”

We’re big on evening prayers in my house, especially with our kids. And I’m glad that we are because the other night, my three-year-old, who is getting rather chatty with Jesus, said a prayer that challenged my working mind to take a break…

“Jesus I hope you had a good day at work. I hope you had fun and that your day wasn’t too hard.”

Now, I can honestly say that in my thirty-something years, I have never asked Jesus about his work day. Ever. And in the quiet darkness of my son’s room, his prayer still hanging in the air, I wondered why on earth not? Doesn’t he work every day? 

And what is the nature of his work? You and me. He is at work on our hearts and lives every day. Trying to work on the worries of the world, as we often do, can be exhausting work …unless you are God. It is this very thought that now helps me quiet my mind at the end of each day. 

Rest easy, friends. Whatever you are trying to carry, let it go. He’s working on it. 

Rest easy, and sleep in heavenly peace, knowing that peace begins in the knowledge that His work day never ends.

“For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” Romans 8:28

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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