As of this moment, kind friends, spring is 19 days, 11 hours, and 12 minutes away. You’re counting, too – I just know it.
There have been countless times when I have wished for a countdown while waiting for peace to come . . .
And so we wait . . .
The other day, after dropping my husband at the dialysis clinic, I drove to Philly to visit my mom’s grave in remembrance of her birthday. Rigid stems of silk roses couldn’t penetrate frozen earth . . . so, I had to keep in mind that seeds and shoots hiding deep down would soon faithfully appear.
Then I got a call from my husband to tell me his session was cut short because the dialysis access site was blocked and he would need to get to a hospital for an exchange procedure. At the moment I was over thirty miles away – in the snow.
Next came the waiting room where peace often hides behind the door.
It wasn’t the kind of day I would’ve ordered that morning, but it was the one I got. The kind that begins with new mercies. . . everyday.
And so, I had to believe that seeds and shoots of peace hiding deep down would soon faithfully appear.
When going through pressures and stresses, it’s easy to feel like our peace is buried deep in the bitter of winter – and we wait eagerly for its return . . . like spring.
But, no need for countdowns. . . we don’t have to wait for something we already possess. Peace comes as the sweet fruit of our Lord living within.
So then, how do we experience something we have that doesn’t seem to be coming forth? Believe to see. Believe it’s there.
Don’t settle for well-meaning hollow platitudes to temporarily cheer with “she’s in a better place” – “you’re better off without that guy” – “time heals all wounds” and “the sun will come out tomorrow-tomorrow” —
. . . all true, but not true enough. It won’t meet the moment.
Instead, may we rehearse and believe the healing word of God that turns winter places into spring hope. Perfect peace – Shalom – meeting broken moments with wholeness.
I had to remind myself of this the other day . . . and today . . . and tomorrow. You?
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, whose thoughts are fixed on You. Isaiah 26:3