And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
One day I was watching Winnie the Pooh with my kids and there was this scene where Tigger and Rabbit were pulling out weeds in Rabbit’s vegetable garden. If you have watched some of the episodes of this animation, you will know that Tigger is doing everything in overdrive. He bounces up and down the whole time. He is just a ball of energy and full of joy. So, when he helped Rabbit in the vegetable garden, he pulled out weeds with an immense amount of spark and speed. The way Tigger was doing things really annoyed Rabbit and at some stage Rabbit just went off at Tigger and said, “this is not how you pull out weeds, you know, I do this to relax!” Tigger just put his arm around Rabbit and said, “you don’t look very relaxed to me.” I really had a good laugh and God used it to speak to me about the true meaning of peace.
True peace is not determined by outward circumstances being perfect in our surroundings. We think, “If I can just get an hour of ‘me time’, then I’ll have peace,” or “If the kids can just go to bed early and the house is nice and quiet, then I’ll have peace.” Always having a tranquil atmosphere around us is not what will truly bring peace to your heart. Rabbit was also under this false impression that if he can just pull-out weeds slowly and quietly, then he will be relaxed and have peace. True peace can only come from Jesus. The peace that He gives surpasses all understanding and the Bible says that His peace also guards our hearts. If we cannot attain this peace by our own efforts, how then do we get God’s peace?
I know that you will agree with me when I say that the thing that robs us of peace, most of time, are the things that we do not have. There are unfulfilled desires and wants or there might be a lot of uncertainties in your life that brings unrest and fear. Philippians 4 verse 6,7: 6 “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” This scripture clearly says that we should not worry about anything, but that we should make our wants known to God in prayer. This is an invitation from Jesus to ask Him anything and when we do this, the peace of God will mount garrison over our hearts and minds. Religion has taught us that we should not bother God with our prayer lists and always ask Him a lot of things, but God’s heart is clearly expressed when Jesus said, “Ask whatever you will, and it will be given you.” (John 14:13).
I think it is time that you go to God with your list again. Make your wants known to Him today and surely His peace will fill your heart!