Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.
Because I do not yet have grandchildren, I love to spend a little time with my grand nieces and nephew. Taking them to their bus on Friday mornings is a great way to see them each week. They go to two different magnet schools that are about a twenty minute drive away from our town (if traffic is good). Last Friday, I did not have time to read a Scripture before leaving my house at 6:50 to get them to the bus stop on time, so my husband read one to me. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.” One of my favorite ones! Okay, Lord! Yes!
Several minutes later, after picking them up, we headed towards the high school parking lot where the busses would take them to their schools. On the way up a hill, a large flatbed truck pulled up and began to back into a building with a very small door for such a large truck, blocking the road in both directions. He backed up and pulled forward, backed up and pulled forward again. On and on it went. A worker in a yellow vest was making sure that all traffic was stopped. Very quickly, I lost my cool. I opened the window. “I have to get these children to the bus stop! They can’t be late for their bus!” I knew that if they were late for their bus, I was in for a long drive and a big inconvenience to my busy day. Inside, I was frantic. Help! Such a roadblock was not in my plans. One driver somewhere in line behind me pulled around me and zoomed past both the traffic guy and the truck. In order to do so, he even had to drive over the sidewalk. He was clearly angry. I tried to calm down and told the children that we would pray, but actually, I had already lost it. In the end, after what seemed like an eternity, the truck finally pulled to the side of the road and let us go by. Shortly afterwards, we arrived at the parking lot and …. the bus was late.
After the children got on their busses, I had plenty of time to reflect about my attitude and actions. Wow, it had not taken me long at all to throw everything out the window and basically freak out. God was clearly showing me something that I need to work on. It’s really true that I hate to be late, but keeping my mind stayed on God means that I trust Him whether it turns out positive or negative. If I have to drive them to their schools, isn’t God big enough to arrange my day so that it works out? There have been other times when I was somehow able to keep my mind on him and, as a result, felt that rare kind of peace that passes understanding. That special variety of peace doesn’t make sense to our natural minds because it is in such complete opposition to the situation in which we find ourselves. We cannot find that kind of peace in difficult circumstances on our own unless we truly are connected to Him.
When we dedicate our day to the Lord and tell Him that we love him, we can’t know ahead of time if a big truck (or some other obstacle) is going to interfere with our plans during that day, but we CAN pray for patience, wisdom and insight into what is happening to us. We can make an effort to recognize the kinds of situations that give us the most trouble. We can learn to count to ten, recite a Scripture, or do whatever it takes to maintain our calm and keep our mind on Him. That’s how we know that we trust in Him. We can make that connection with Him each morning and strive to maintain it so that He’s with us throughout the day. That’s where such peace comes from – Him.
There really is a peace that passes understanding. It doesn’t make sense to our natural mind because of the crazy situation that we may be in. It’s a peace that comes from God our Father. It’s His peace, and He will give it to us if we show that, no matter what the outcome of the situation, we trust in Him.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.