Today, as I reflect on the week that has passed, and the various encounters in the camp, I find it marked by anything but peace.
The peace that can only be found by resting in Him. The second week of December has me feeling frantic, a little behind, and weighed down. Yes, heavy.
Holding on too tightly to something makes it harder to keep it. But this heart can be at peace with possessing only what He provides. The part I play in the peace God gives – letting go.
So I’m looking – for opportunities to encounter Jesus daily. To move away from the distractions of the day, of the Advent season, that will cause me to miss Him and the peace He offers when I trust in Him.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27)
So home to Your safe harbour, take me. Lay my weary heart down, down where Your peace flows in, and Your joy pours out.
We can count on the steadfast love of the Lord, which does not cease.
2. One thing I’m thankful for
The beauty of Community – of seeing visibly the faithfulness of mentorship, of tangibly sensing the power of a leader walking with youth.
On 9 Dec the Japanese missionary Gerd Strauss passed away suddenly. My July team had met with him briefly at Morioka Bible Baptist Church. He was a man full of energy and passion. He leaves behind a widow and three children.
I felt then in the depths of my heart – something is wrong in the world. There is excess is so many places, and wants in others. Our church is ripe and fat and privileged with talents and gifts. The land outside that I have experienced is bare and cold and nary a baptism.
Mostly, I realise how little I have been honestly asking that His Kingdom come and His will be done. That His mercy be seen to the ends of the world. How will they hear, if no one tells them?
Who will tell them? Who will act, for the time is now?
Forgive my feebleness, my foolish living, my futile thinking. How shall I see clearly, Lord?