Sunday, December 6, 2009

mountains... and peace....

Psalm 125 begins with,

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.

Ever considered mountains? On a clear day I can see the Rocky Mountains from here. Standing so majestically, they remind me of strength and permanence. They are the epitome of immovability!!! and just as Mount Zion surrounds Jerusalem, sure & secure, so too the Lord surrounds us, His people. If we trust in Him, we are surrounded with a blanket of security - we are safe! and above all, that security is immovable - it's unshakable!!

Even when life around us seems to be going crazy and stuff is happening that we just don't understand - God's presence is there. He is standing between me and all the "stuff"... He is surrounding me... and He is immovable!!

What does that look like in real life? This past week has been unbelievable. Our oldest son had an accident with his car last Friday. The streets were skating rinks and another vehicle pulled out of a parking lot in front of him. As much as he tried to avoid a collision... my daughter was in the car. She's had a headache since that evening - the result of whiplash. Two days later, my son's car packs it in. It's now sitting at a service station waiting for a transmission. Of course, my son is looking at his bank account and realizes that this is going to cost a fair bit of money.

Where is God? Where is this protection? Let's take a closer look...

  • except for my daughter's whiplash, the others didn't sustain any injuries
  • my son does have enough money in his bank account to pay for the work
  • my son had a friend who could give him a ride the morning his car died
  • my son was able to get off the freeway and limp into a parking lot

Today our pastor spoke on being peace in places where there is no peace. Our home this past week has been one of those places that has needed some extra peace. What does this mean for us? for me? We came home from church to... no water. There's a break in the water line that the city is trying to fix today. How can I find peace? no... the question is not how can I find peace. The question is, "How can I BE peace in this situation?"

The answer I believe is found at the beginning of this post. "As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people." God is still here. God is surrounding us. The LORD is the Prince of Peace. As He is the Prince of Peace, that means we are surrounded by Peace - His Peace. I just need to allow that peace to fill my heart and then, by God's grace, may I be a vessel of peace to those around me.


Grace said...

What a wonderful testimony Edith! I know that God is truly glorified through all that your family has gone through because of the strength and faith you have displayed and remained firm in! I love your reference at the beginnning.... I often pray a hedge of protection around my family and friends, church, leaders, etc... and I feel such comfort in knowing He does protect us!!! It doesn't mean He shelters us from all unpleasant events... just ask Job! But He certainly protects us and promises He'll never allow more than we can bear but will give us the grace we need... ahd you are a shining example of that grace! Hugs and prayers as you march onward!!!

Suzanne said...

First I want to thank you my dear friend for your thoughts and strength given me on my BLOG. Also thank you for your testimony here. I value your thoughts, prayers and friendship which crosses the cyber miles. Today the sun (and the son) is once again shining in my life.

Jane ... said...

Edith, your powerful witness here shines the light of Jesus for others to follow. Your words have been a beacon for me!

I keep you all in my prayers and know that the Lord will provide, heal, and give you exactly what each of you needs. God is right there with you--His banner over you is Love.

Wishing you a very blessed Christmas, full of Jesus' love.