Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Peace that Transcends All Circumstances

The River Raisin, in my backyard
Linda and I are vacationing in Cape May, New Jersey. It's a beautiful area, with a great beach on the ocean. We're staying in a very cool old Victorian Bed & Breakfast. Cape May has wonderful restaurants and places to see and shop. All is well except... the weather. It's been cold and rainy. The circumstances are not what we wanted, because what we really like is sitting under the sun on the beach and reading and talking and listening to the sound of the crashing waves.

Such is life. Circumstances often do not go one's way. In spite of the conditions Linda and I are enjoying being here and have peace.

The good news is that "fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22-23 is not circumstance-dependent. Part of that fruit is "peace." There is an inner well-being available to all who live the Jesus-connected life. This inner well-being does not rise and fall with the external environment. It's more like a thermostat than a thermometer; it is non-reactive and consistent. When I abide in Christ my inner thermostat is set to "peace," even though my outer thermometer is reading "cold."

Howard Thurman writes:

"Here we come upon the most interesting aspect of personal freedom - the living of one's life with confidence that transcends discouragement and despair. This means that one does not have to depend upon the favorable circumstances, the fortuitous "break," the applause, approval, and felicitation of friends, as important as these are...

"Seek ye first the rule of God," the Master says. And after that? They key that one needs for one's peace is in the heart. There can be no personal freedom where there is not an initial inner surrender."
- 40-Day Journey with Howard Thurman, 64

Surrender your entire being to the rule of Christ today and discover the peace that transcends all circumstances.