Monday, March 25, 2013

Take heart. I have overcome the world.

Last week in the course of four hours I got news about three difficult situations:

1 – A friend’s husband was notified that his position at the elementary school where he works will be eliminated in the fall.
2 – A friend was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that is resting on her optic nerve. Doctors are watching it to determine whether surgery is necessary.
3 – A friend’s dad, who had been battling cancer for more than four years died.

As I have thought about and contemplated and prayed through this news, the words of John 16 ring true: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

The Message version states it like this: “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

I am so thankful that Easter is just days away. Because sometimes the hurts and hardness and sadness and difficulties in life can be overwhelming and discouraging.

Easter is so many things, but for me it is hope. Hope that this is not our home. Hope that life here is temporary. Hope that Jesus has conquered the world. Hope that in a godless world, God still reigns supreme. Hope that the One who created the Heavens knows the very number of hairs on my head (which I just
read last night because, of course, I am behind on my own Easter Challenge).

So when the doctor says there is a tumor, we can breathe in unshakable, unmovable peace trusting that God knew the moment the tumor started growing because he is the
star-breather and the hair counter.  

And when the husband shares the news about the job and the time has come to say goodbye and the trials and sadness and troubles and sorrows weigh heavy, we turn to the Truth that says we can have peace. Not empty your mind and focus on the sun and think good thoughts kind of peace. But peace that comes from the hope of knowing and loving and serving and believing in a resurrected Savior.

John 14:27 says, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

I have no tumor diagnosis and no parent that has died and yet the battle for peace rages daily. When the flames of doubt and confusion and discouragement are beating at my door, I can choose to unwrap God’s gift of peace. 

Take heart. I have overcome the world.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

May we all unwrap God's greatest gifts this Easter: The hope of eternal life. The gift of deep peace. And the truth that these promises are for all people, at all times, in all situations.  


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JellyBelly said...

What a beautiful reminder!

Traveller said...
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Traveller said...

Thanks for this...Since last week I was wanting to host a youth group--mostly quite discouraged with following Him right now. Your post gave me two Scriptures to share with them Jn 16:33, and Isa. 40 (star-breather) Thanks! (sorry...a typo, so deleted last one to edit)