So thinking of yesterday, I just have to wonder, if a day in February can be that nice, what on earth will March be like? Will we be at the beach? Getting out our summer clothes? Or maybe March will finally be the month that the jet stream wavers and allows that arctic air to finally come down to us? (Ok yes, my nerdy self looked up why it’s been so warm and found a great explanation here.)
Never in my life (that I can remember) have I enjoyed a February day so sunny and so devoid of snow that it really felt like spring. To enjoy the weather yesterday, the kids and I walked to the high school track near our house so the kids could run around and we could try to fly a kite Erik made. The kite didn’t fly, it almost maimed me, and we didn’t stay as long as we could have, but it was certainly nice to be outside. And it was super great to give William the opportunity to run around the track a few times to try to burn some beans off – as if that is ever possible.
And the kids were able to play outside again today with Jay and that was great because I got in a nice Sunday afternoon nap and everyone knows there is no better nap than a Sunday afternoon nap. And when I woke up it was so peaceful and quiet with the kids outside… heavenly. 🙂 And that’s cool because I’ve been thinking about peace all week.
The reason I’ve been thinking about peace is because our pastor Norm preached a wonderful sermon last week on how as Christian’s our identity is in Christ. That means we are to put on Christ’s character (Colossians 3:14-17) and we are to let the peace of Christ rule in us. He had explained earlier that we put on Christ’s character like we put on clothes, things like compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Then love comes along and binds these things all together like a big belt.
But peace, peace is to rule in our hearts. Hmmm, now take for example my heart on a daily basis. There are a few things that bother me such as when things don’t happen when I want them to happen. My typical response would be frustration, but if Christ’s peace is ruling in me, then I can rest in that, knowing that I can wait for His perfect timing for things to happen.
Then there are people who are not doing things that I want them to be doing (like children haha). And again, rather than getting angry with them, I can rest in God’s peace and give all these things to Him realizing that I am not in control of other people in my life (even though I probably should be in control of my kids!) and I have to sit back and let Him do His will in their lives.
Then there are the trips by air-plane to think about (I hate flying!) and test results to come back from dr’s which could lead to fear, but rather I think I will choose peace… see how this works?
“And how does God’s peace rule?” you ask? Well God’s peace is defined by Matthew Henry as an umpire residing in our hearts who decides matters for us. As I pointed out, my earthy self would often choose anger, frustration, impatience or fear, but when I choose God’s peace, it means I can trust in Him and allow Him to work it all out forget all those negative things and relax! Yahoo for peace! 🙂
So the weather is good, it might turn bad, it might do whatever crazy thing it’s going to do. Things might not happen when I want. I might do wrong to someone, they might do wrong to me. The plane might lose an engine while flying ((ACK!!!! and more on that later) or the dr’s office might have some crazy news on why I’ve been attempting to cough up a lung since November, but in all of this, thanks be to God’s incredible mercy towards me and His free gift of love, I can have peace!
And that my friends is more incredibly amazing then the weather we have been having, wouldn’t you agree?