Desperate for peace of mind.
Space … physical, emotional.
For a speck of softness among shattered glass.
At times, a heart so frantic that the body hums to its rhythm, vibrating.
Yet, we know that we know Jesus.
And that should change things.
It should change things … the cancer diagnosis, death of a child, kidnapping.
Desperate footsteps from pacing.
Desperate whirling thoughts.
And when finally sleep comes after the cacophony days, it is a welcome robber.
In silent anguish, our souls cry out to Jesus, for words and reason are mired.
Jesus, who commanded peace be still to the storm,
who told the lame man to get up and walk and the sinful woman she was forgiven.
In our weakness of flesh, wearying in and of itself, situations arise beyond our control.
For God made the only One who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with Him.2 Cor 5:21 The Passion Translation selected for emphasis
And therein, we find a gentle pause.
The relentless thoughts sway slowly still,
The only answer
To every desperate.
For even in our greatest sorrow, deepest fear …
We cannot even make one frantic futile attempt toward righteousness, for it is avowed a filthy rag to a Holy God.
And He, who loved us so much, and knew the minutia of our humanity,
We are not expected to have all the answers…
We can cease our striving,
In broken times, moments, decades,
God will use it for good
Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,Jeremiah 17:5-8
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
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