A Peace That Surpasses All Understanding

A Peace That Surpasses All Understanding

That is what I have.

While it may not surpass all understanding, it certainly surpasses my understanding.

I am amazed at how calm and peaceful I feel since the election.  There have been a few moments of anxiousness here and there, but 95% of my mood has been calm, upbeat, positive and peaceful.

Now my mood is not because the person who won is the one I wanted to win – au contraire.

It is God fulfilling my prayer for peace and calmness even though I am one of the under-employed.

It is God giving me a hope for a better and brighter tomorrow despite my circumstances.

I am very grateful to God for giving me this peaceful, easy feeling.

The best way to explain my feeling is through Psalm 23.

Full Circle

Writing about Psalm 23 to describe my feeling means I have come full circle.

For it was a week or two after Joe’s passing I was in dire need of comfort.  So I picked up my Bible and turned to this Psalm.  I read the first sentence “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”  My response was “Yeah, right.”  Joe had moved to heaven – you had better believe I was in want.

I finished reading the Psalm but found no comfort there.  In fact I closed the Bible and tossed it on the floor where it landed with a resounding thud.  I could hear my maternal Grandmother in heaven throwing a hissy fit because I threw my Bible.

I could also hear God telling her:  “Oh Ethel, go take a chill pill.  She’s hurting.  I know tossing her Bible does not mean she rejects and disrespects me.  It is an expression of her pain and anguish.  She will be fine.  Just wait and see.”

See Grandma, God was right – as usual.

I have survived grief and will survive and prosper after under-employment.

 About Psalm 23

The notes in my NIV study Bible indicate Psalm 23 is a

“profession of joyful trust in the Lord as the good Shepherd-King.”

As of this past week, my trust in God has strengthened and more joy has filled my heart.   I still have moments of anxiety when thinking about my future but most of the time I have been very upbeat and joyful.

“The Lord Is My Shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

A shepherd guides his flock to good pasture.  So in time will God guide me to good pasture (fortune).  In fact, I can say He has guided me to good fortune – this blog.  It was one morning as I was waking up I heard “Widow’s Website” in my head.  Thank you God.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures”

I am content, feel secure and at peace with life which allows me to rest.  These also allow me to grow and flourish as the green grass does in my backyard.

“He restores my soul”

My spirit did get revived at church this past weekend.  I started losing faith in my fellow Americans this past week but God started restoring my faith with one simple act of kindness.

“He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake”

God will guide me to security and prosperity.  Even though I work for a fellow human being, I will do my work as though I am working for God.  Doing so honor’s him and he is to be honored at all times.  Every blog post honor’s God.  Yes, even “Garlic, Grief and Hemmorhoids” honors Him.  It honors God’s sense of humor.   He does have a sense of humor,  otherwise we would have no laughter because we embody the traits of God.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

No matter what trouble lies ahead in my life, God is with me and will guide me to safety.   It may not feel like God is with me, but He is here 24/7, 365.  The rod and staff were weapons to fend off wild animals and sheep thieves.  They would be comforting because the best defense is a good offense.

“You prepare and table before me in the presence of my enemies.”

Even though I am surrounded by people who do not want the best for me, God will see to my needs.  He will make sure Rommie and I have food, shelter, heat and anything else we need.

“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows”

Back in the olden days it was customary to anoint the honored banquet guest with oil according to my study Bible.  Well, I do anoint my head with a serum to make my hair smooth, sleek and straight.   But I know God has anointed me with his goodness which has resulted in numerous blessings in my life, too many to count.

“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. “

He will be with me now and forever more and one day I shall leave this temporary home and reside in heaven with God and Jesus.  Living in heaven where there is no more agony, pain and suffering, now that is a truly comforting thought which brings me peace.

May our gracious heavenly Father also bestow a peace that surpasses your understanding upon you and your family. 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

 

2 comments

  • Amen! I’ve thrown my Bible on occasion. Not out of disrespect but out of frustration or hurt or something. As it lands I sort of do an internal wince at what that might look like to someone. But then I remember God made me who I am, He knows what’s in my heart; I’m confident He knows why I flung the book. I’m ok with that. Besides its not like I didn’t pick it up and start reading again. We’re human after all and we sometimes throw things! lol