Devotional by Gaye Techanchuk
What robs you of your peace? I need the peace of God on a daily basis – that is a goal. When I say peace, I mean “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.” It does not mean my surroundings are always peaceful, but I have peace on the inside. This has been challenged many times in my life, on a yearly basis, even a daily basis. One time in particular comes to mind – the sale of my house. I actually was so far out of my comfort zone, I didn’t know what to do or think.
I had not lived in my house for about 4 years, it needed repairs when I lived there and 4 years later it needed even more repairs. It was mid-February and the house needed to be sold by the end of August. The one thing I knew was I needed help! I started off with prayer. I talked to my family and got their input and advice. I have a wonderful friend that is a realtor and she was also quite good with contractors and prices of repairs. She went way above the call of duty to help me, and held my hand through the whole process. I am sure she had the strength of Wonder Woman. She was definitely sent by God to help me.
The process of repairs began and about a month into it the problems started, not with the house – but within me! My realtor told me everything would be alright and everything was proceeding normally. But my brain and emotions did not agree. I was not sleeping well and had a few panic moments. I noticed my prayer life was only about my house! Even with my realtor calling the contractors, encouraging me daily… I still only focused on my house. Worrying about the timing of every detail of my house occupied every waking moment. I even dreamed about the house!
I remember one night as I was trying to sleep – I caught myself playing the “what if” game in my thoughts. You know the game, “what if the painters are not finished when we need to show the house.” Or “what if the carpet does not come in on time or the siding does not match.” Have you ever played that game? I tell everyone else not to play the “what if” game, but I had decided to set a new world record! Why was I being so stubborn about not letting God lend a hand? I realized I had given God no chance to weigh in. I sat up in bed and started quoting one of my go to scriptures.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Philippians 4:6-8 NIV
Why was I getting in a rut by thinking I could do this without getting the peace of God back in my life? Then I made myself start thinking another thought pattern – over the 6 years prior God had been the one guiding me and leading me when my husband passed away. God was there giving me strength and peace when I went back to work after my husband’s death. I know God was there when my son, daughter-in-law and precious granddaughters moved in to help me. That was one of the biggest blessings of my life. I remember God helping all 6 of us during the difficult time of purchasing a new house, which meant we lived in a 3 bedroom condo for 9 months. He was also there guiding me during my retirement from the school system, as well as with the renovations of the new house we moved into. He was always there! When I really look back – He was there in so many ways there’s too many to mention! I think you get the picture.
God had not gone anywhere – I was just not depending on him! Time to start another list – what has God already done for me. When I started seeing God’s hand at work, I started having an unexplainable PEACE. Even in this situation, even when some leaks happened, deadlines were close… I saw the God of PEACE not the problems. He always had my back! My house sold in mid July, for my price. God is good!
Maybe your situation is much bigger than mine, but one thing I know with certainty – the God that created this world is so much bigger than anything you or I face. Whether it is health, finances, emotions, family or confusion. “Let the peace of God rule and reign in your heart.”