You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
For three nights now it’s been driving me crazy, waking me at uneven intervals – an inexplicable scraping sound like a wooden chair being dragged across a concrete floor three inches at a time. I couldn’t imagine what would make such a racket, I’d thought of everything; a raccoon in the attic, a bird stuck in the downspout, or possibly the sound of trucks in the distance. Nothing made sense and I wasn’t getting any peaceful sleep.
This morning at five it woke me again. This time I made a vow to find and kill, or at least maim, whatever culprit I discovered. I went out on the back porch in the still darkness and sat angry in my boxers and waited. I had considered the need for a weapon; a stick or at least a kitchen knife but then dismissed the thought knowing it would be more pleasurable to do the deed with my bare hands.
After almost thirty minutes of waiting I heard it – the sound of an out of control bush that had grown tall enough that several small twigs were reaching up and scraping the bottom of the gutter in response to an occasional gentle breeze.
I’m looking forward to a peaceful night of sleep tonight with the satisfaction that a mystery has been solved and appropriately dealt with.
I am aware that this is peace I had to work for. I had to create my own environment for peaceful rest. In the Christian life we have peace that we receive simply by our connection to our Lord; by trusting in Him and there is nothing that can separate us from that bond. How often we forget this incredible gift we have.
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.