This past week my youngest daughter was scheduled for a cochlear implant surgery. The surgery had been rescheduled from two months earlier when she had a fever and therefore they were unable to perform the procedure.
In the days leading up to this surgery she came down with a cold again. Many of our friends and family were praying and I myself had some time to sit and hold my daughter and pray for her.
There came a point the night before the scheduled surgery that I had a sense of peace, a simple reminder of God’s faithfulness.
The next morning we woke up early to make the trip out to Albany. She was not yet one hundred percent but my wife and I determined to go and let the doctors make the decision.
At that point my confidence that the surgery would take place was pretty low.
In John’s gospel we hear the words of Jesus, “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 (John 14:27).”
There is a promise of peace for the Christ follower. It is not a peace that comes from the absence of trouble but a peace that rests in the midst of trouble. It is internally given and therefore it is not determined by external factors. Additionally it is readily available in our relationship with God the Father through the person of Jesus Christ.
The absence of peace is easy to recognize. It looks like anxiety, worry, and fear in my life. Those things can dominate our lives and rob us of the life that God has purposed. How many times have we given so much energy to worry and anxiety and at what effect?
The apostle Paul experienced the peace of Jesus in his life and he exhorted the Philippian church with this; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).”
As we arrived at the hospital surgery center God’s peace was our guide. We let go of countless attempts to assess whether she still had a fever or not and simply took one step at a time. If the surgery did not happen that day it would happen another day. However this time we were pleasantly surprised to hear that all was clear to move forward. Our one year old was so peaceful, without food and drink in preparation for the surgery she stayed quietly in her mother’s arms often sleeping right up until the surgery.
Bill Johnson says, “Bold faith rests on the shoulders of quiet trust.”Nothing about this experience felt like bold faith to me. It did however feel a lot like knowing and walking with The Prince of Peace.
Are you walking through trials today? Have the cares of life and the worries of tomorrow been robbing you of life? Let me remind you of Jesus and His invitation today.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-20).”