::::::::::::::::::::::: before all is completed in Glory?
::::::::::::::::::::: while we are still on Earth?
Truly fall down at His feet, with our hair cascading and our eyes full of thanks and faith and our most-precious oil spilling?
:::::::::::::::::::::: in our limited knowledge and ability?
in complete adoration?
in overwhelming reverence?
in sweeping humility?
in unabbreviated thanksgiving?
in the world swirling feral and you really only see Him?
And the super- love He has for you?
What is one thing He dreams for us more than some other things?
When is it that the peace comes all- encompassing…
the peace higher and elevated and lofted up above all understanding…
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding…. +Philippians 4
When is it that this peace…
becomes this tangible entity that dangles from our fingertips and trills from our mouths and shines in our eyes and beats in our human hearts and bursts this untamed, lovely grace-filled laugh that echoes into eternity?
When is it that we taste His peace and savor it the most and want more of it dancing wild in our day and settling glistening on our skin and holding it soft and light and balancing delicious on our palm….
… since now, it seems, for the first time, we know we cannot lose it?
And we awake sudden, and peace is just there?
And we did not quite notice at first?
delicate and easy and caressing?
This peace –evident satiating our being:::
not even a thing we need to grip-hold-fast-tight-pray-it-doesn’t-leave when we feel it….
And it does not feel white-knuckled sweating and fist-aching-arthritic squeezing,
We looked for peace, but no good came… +Jeremiah 8
When is it that the thing that is gripping-tight is actually His peace-grasp on us?
and this, this cradling-sway of warmth wrapped deep around us, like He has found us and secured us anchor-safe to Himself and we can just…
…that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way… +1 Timothy 2
That He is in us, and we are cleaved to Him and He has all pieces of us and we can just…
… seek peace and pursue it… +Psalm 34
I think the thing that He craves from us, if the Lord does crave, in His love for us, is our true
The kind of obedience that can only equal peace.
… for obedience to Jesus Christ… may grace and peace be multiplied to you. +1 Peter 1
I think that in the unfolding of the day, when it is dew-wet and sun-birthing, that when our eyes flutter light, that He waits for our choice.
I think that when we grab our bibles and whisper our praise- prayers and fumble with throwing off blankets, he waits for our choice.
I think that when we stumble hair-mussed and unclean to the coffee pot, that He waits for our choice.
I think that when we breath deep first and look at the phone and read the appointments and sigh-frown at the schedule and lock our door and peer to the left and the right, He waits for our choice.
I think that when we talk to her and see him and run that real-quick errand and finish that distracting project waiting, He waits for our choice.
I think that when we munch routinely that snack and pour that cup and lift that heavy weight and close that open door and find the key that works, He waits for our choice.
I think that when we sip on dusk falling down on a day and read that book and kiss those kids and hug that husband and slip into bed with that wife, He waits for our choice.
Each step, each breath:::: commanding a choice.
Will we choose Him in all things?
the ones that are tiny and timid…
the ones that are scared and scarred…
the ones that are large and looming…
the ones that are…
… for the ways of the Lord are right… +Hosea 14
I think He urges us to obey, pursues us so we walk in His way, beseeches us to straighten our path, entreats us to remember Him in all things…
and above all that, as if there is one last love-move to reach over the valley of flesh and find His own…
…gives His obedient Son to bleed on the cross…
so that we…
Oh, the brilliant, beautiful, undeserved love of our sovereign, all-knowing God.
His Son. His obedience. Our peace.
If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God…
by loving the Lord your God,
by walking in His ways,
and by keeping… his rules,
then you shall live…
and the Lord your God will bless you in the land…