The past few days have been a whirlwind in my life. Events have stacked up in a way where I needed to shuffle some things, miss some things, add new things in… anyone reading this knows those times happen. This was one of those weeks for me.
I am so deeply grateful for the sustaining power of Scripture when those moments happen. I have been meditating and praying my way through Colossians and it was a perfect place to be in a whirlwind of activity. I could settle in a few verses and allow those verses to soak in my heart during the day.
This morning I was reflecting on a few more verses in the moments I had and they were verses I had been going over and over.
Two particular phrases Colossians 3 stood out a few days ago and I was noting them again this morning:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…
Two things that need to fill my heart and flow out, I was struck by those words and was meditating on them again. But then, another phrase jumped out between those phrases: And be thankful.
In rough waters that stir in our lives, it is so important to have the peace of Christ already dwelling in our lives. When we HIT rough waters is a terrible time to think, “You know, I need to learn how to dwell in the word more so I can have peace!”
It’s a life built on dwelling on the living Word that causes peace to be flowing and in reserve so when we hit troubled waters we can know that peace.
But there is that added action: And be thankful.
Even in the hectic schedule of the ever-changing week, there were good things happening. I needed to move beyond saying a quick, “Thank you, Lord” in the moment to giving a bit of pause and reflecting on what was going on and saying, “Lord, here is what has been happening, and I am so grateful where I can look back and see what you’ve done.”
Our lives need those pauses… those moments… where we give thought to what is going on and give thanks.
I take a few minutes and even reflect on the anxious moments and then say, “Lord, I see where you were in those anxious moments. Thank you for being there. I know that was your peace (or wisdom, or you gave me those words).”
I take a few minutes and again thank the Lord for his strong intervention in situations. I think of how things could have gone… and then see his hand moving to what is good. And I am thankful.
In all of the busyness, I am so grateful to have a few words breathe into my spirit and remind me: be thankful.