Have you ever been at your end physically?
Some of you may have a better grasp than even I do. But recently I had the lovely experience of an important event pending, and me being sick. And not just the sniffles and a cough – I was quite ill. Not the sickest I’ve ever been, but quite sick nonetheless.
But this event was important. Really important. And I really, really couldn’t miss it, nor did I want to. Oh my goodness, was it hard, though. I had to “bring it” all day long, giving it my absolute best, when I had nothing left.
In fact, halfway through the day, I remember sitting down for a brief break, and praying. I closed my eyes and asked God for strength. Because I was only halfway done and I felt exhausted. So I prayed for strength.
I didn’t feel instantly better. I didn’t feel the sickness go away. But I did feel peace – an overwhelming stillness and peace.
And there, sitting for the few minutes I had, I understood what God’s strength at work in us is. It is peace.
A Strength Of Peace
Peace. We all long for it, especially in our busy lives. How often has a student longed for peace from their studies? How often does a parent wish for peace from their children? How often does a worker ask for peace from their work?
But that’s not how peace works. It isn’t “peace from,” but “peace in.” And such a peace doesn’t pull us out of the situation. It doesn’t remove the obstacles or challenges. In fact, if anything, peace draws us closer to the struggle.
I was far more aware of my illness when I stilled my heart and felt God’s peace. But at the exact same time, I was at peace because I recognized with full joy that God wasn’t ill. He doesn’t get sick. He never tires. And He was right there with me.
“I will carry you through,” He whispered to me. And He whispers the same thing to you.
“Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
and His arm rules for Him;
behold, His reward is with Him,
and His recompense before Him.
He will tend His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs in His arms;
He will carry them in His bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.”
It’s a peace in the strength of God to come through. When we can no longer go on. When we have reached our end. When we are overwhelmed with our own weakness, rest easy that God has the strength to carry us on. No matter where we go or what happens, He is strong enough, and that is enough for our hearts to be still and at rest in Him.