Saturday, July 11, 2009
TIMES OF PEACE
Recently a friend made this statement: “Maybe I just need problems to make me happy.”
I am reminded of a soldier from ancient times. When he was in battle, he was magnificent - full of courage, riding on his steed to defeat dragons. In peace time, however, he crumbled into a whining baby. As he returned home to his wife and children, he became unbearable. He just couldn’t seem to get his hands around a rake in the garden, on a hammer to repair the roof, or his arms around his family to love them. He fussed and fumed, impatient to be off to the excitement of the battle once again. He needed “problems” to be happy.
What is there in some of us, as humans, which craves the excitement of “problems” but rebels against the peace of ordinary days? Don’t we realize that the times of peace are precious? So precious that the times of peace are used by God to further bless and train us - to make us ready for anything ahead.
May we recognize that both come from the hand of God - times of peace and times of problems.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in all ways.
II Thessalonians 3:16a
Heavenly Father, thank You for times of peace which help to balance out the times of problems. Oh, how I need both! Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.