Saturday, Peter took me for a day trip to Historic Deerfield, MA. We had a perfect day, and I know that it was a blessing from the hand of God. The foliage was beautiful, the family was happy. It was just what my heart needed.
It had been a rough week for a number of reasons and I was struggling to be content–yes, even after a week of meditating on contentment. I was frustrated, and upset with myself for knowing the right things to do, but failing to do them.
I “dutifully” opened my Bible to read before bed, and this is what I read:
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trust in you.” Ps. 26:3
Needless to say that I knew right then and there that my state of unrest was due to one thing: my mind was “stayed” on other things.
A quick re-evaluation and refocus was all I needed to experience the peace promised to me. I needed to be “stayed.” I needed to trust. God is God and I am His child. He always does what is good and right for me. God’s peace is “perfect peace, inward peace, outward peace, peace with God, peace of conscience, peace at all times, in all events. ” (Matthew Henry’s Concise) The only variable is my mind.
Evaluate your heart. Are you at peace? If not, it could be a “warning” that your heart and mind are fixed on something other than Christ.