It is late Friday night. It has been a very long week. I have been gone since 5 am this morning and just now getting home at 11:30 at night. The weekend plans are packed with 3 soccer games, 1 baseball game, 2 meetings and probably 4-5 hours of work, maybe more. And at some point I need to pack and prepare for a three-day trip. I am tired. And there is no foreseeable rest in sight.
I quickly opened the Bible tonight, ready to just crawl into bed and collapse. Here is what God told me:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.
The section is labeled “Joy and Peace”. And that is exactly what I need right now. God always knows just what to say! I rejoice in the Lord! He is mighty indeed and He is near. I will let go of my anxieties (hand them over to God) and in prayer and petition, make my requests known to God. Lord, I need rest. I need help. I look to you. I put my trust in you. Lead me, guide me, hold me.
Now I just need to think about what is true and honorable and just and pure and lovely and gracious and excellent and worthy of praise. I think about God because what else is all of these things? GOD. God and all that He creates. The beautiful sunrise breaking through the darkness of night. The new buds on the trees and the daffodils starting to bloom. The newborn calf and the 5-year old’s laugh. Friends forged in faith. LOVE.
Thank you God!