Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.
Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.
Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus’ keeping we are safe, and they.
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.
Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.
It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus call us to heaven’s perfect peace.
Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr., 1875.
In this past year I have been praying for more peace. And then I have been trying to act like I have it. Specifically I have been seeking the type of peace that only comes by faith in God and his Holy Spirit. I remind myself each time I feel the anxiety that God is in control of everything. And is there anyone better to trust? We have felt stress as we have processed the move away from Curahuasi and the work at Diospi Suyana. I know we all have times of worry and anxiety, and I want to admit that I experience it too. I do not always deal with it from a place of faith and trust.
But God is faithful. I wrote an email a few days ago about our needs when we come back home. That email was written in a moment of worry. It was humbling to write, but it needed to be communicated. And as I wrote it I could not help but wonder (worry?) how everything would work out. A day later as we were driving away from the airport after dropping off my brother and his family, Allison started to get a little emotional in the best way as she read an email from friends who had found us a furnished house, and another friend had already loaned us his big SUV. We were taken care of! In less than 24 hours. It is the grace of God through his people! Thank you to him and to you! And once again I am left wondering why I cannot get it in my head and emotions that God will take care of his people. Worry less, work more, trust God.