This was part of my reading this morning. I have been reading through the accounts of the events leading up to Easter in all the four gospels. This last week – Holy Week – I am in the account recorded for us by John.
John 14:27 (NLT)
I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
It came to mind that the peace the world gives and seeks – is the peace of a trouble free life. Jesus stated this to his friends just before he is betrayed and the whole chain of events that make up the last days before his death begins. So this peace he speaks about is not freedom from a difficult life. I think he is speaking about the fact that he left us his spirit – he did not leave us alone. We are not abandoned to exist only in the physical world. His peace transcends the circumstances we find ourselves in.
“So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
This is not an easy kind of peace. I am beginning to see it though. And all I have to do is remember this one day at a time. I don’t have to see the big picture or the end results of everything. He’s walking with me through today.
So let the day begin.