Our family is occupying two houses at the moment.
One house is being emptied of its contents at a hurried, snail’s pace. For as I pack, I evaluate. Do we need this item? Does some one else need it more? Or has this item served its purpose and just need to be tossed?
In the midst of the packing, I am cleaning too. I would like to think our family lives in a clean, neat and tidy house. Certainly, on the surface this would be true. However, as I reach into the deep corners and crevices of our little house, I find we’re not as neat and tidy as I imagine! Deep cleaning has been the order of the day…most days, that is!
The second house that we are occupying at the moment doesn’t have the lived-in look at all! We haven’t moved in yet. Instead, our days have been filled with cleaning, making repairs, painting, and preparing the rooms of the house for our occupancy. Two rooms are almost ready, but we’ve got five more rooms to go!
In the midst of this ‘ordered chaos,’ our family is still carrying on with our day-to-day responsibilities too. There is cooking to do, laundry to keep up with, and Micah has homework to complete. John and I are managing to set priorities in the morning, head-off to our prospective work sites (John spends most of his time at the second house while I manage the first one), and then we regroup at night and determine what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done.
Preparing to move, moving, and then settling into a new space is not a peaceful process, is it?
If you follow me on Instead Bless, you’ll know that I’ve been camped in Colossians for a while now. Today, I read these words:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. New International Version, Colossians 3:15
Here are the phrases that jumped off the page and into my heart this morning:
Let Christ’s peace rule in your heart, Heather.
Heather, you were called to peace.
Be thankful, Heather.
What a timely and appropriate set of messages for me this morning!
Even though our lives are a bit discombobulated as we prepare to move and then ultimately do it, I can still choose to accept, submit, and be governed by the peace of Christ. I can choose to have a spirit of peace, keep peace in my thoughts and attitudes, and then make peace with our current situation. For as a follower of Christ, my Savior has called me to peace.
Peace, as it is written in this verse, comes from the Greek transliterated word, eirene. The root of eirene is eiro, which means to join. I like that. Peace means to join together. Isn’t that what our relationships should be characteristic of? Peaceful intent is to join into a relationship of harmony, safety and security, honor and mutual respect, between one other and in the different environments in which we live and work.
Granted, our family’s lives are currently in a topsy-turvy state. Things are messy, cluttered, and strewn all over the place. However, that does not mean that we are prevented from living in peace and feeling the security and blessing of our relationships with each other and with our God. The truth of the matter is that as followers of Christ and as members of His body, we are called to His peace and to live like we are; no matter the situation!
By embracing the peace of Christ, we are led to a place that is sometimes beyond understanding or comprehension. We are thankful. Instead of getting side-tracked by our fractured nature, we fix our eyes on Christ and the blessings we have in Him. For every situation in life and every relationship we share, presents us with the opportunity to demonstrate the peace of Christ and express our joyful thanks.
I will be honest. Moving is not easy. There have been some particularly frustrating moments. However, that does not mean that the challenges cannot be overcome. With time, with patience, with elbow grease, with a peaceful resolve, and with a thankful heart, we’ll finish the task set before us in time.
I choose to let the peace of Christ rule within my heart.
I am called to peace as a member of the body of Christ.
I will be thankful.
I don’t know what is happening in your life at the moment. It is my prayer that the gracious love, empowering peace, and incomprehensible mercy of Christ fills your heart and mind and in so doing, overflows into your relationships and life. We are called to peace. I hope you let this truth settle your spirit today, like it is doing with mine.