“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you…” John 14:27
We are all in the thick of the end-of-school madness. Every mom out there is overloaded, and overwhelmed. Hanging on by our fingernails, we’re just trying to get through.
We can’t even begin to imagine that God could grant us peace in the midst of this crazy time. But I’ve learned over and over again, never underestimate Him, or His awesome power.
God’s peace is different from the world’s. The world convinces us that peace equals white space on our calendars, quiet time alone, and everything going our way. We don’t feel peaceful until we finally have the time and space to sit back and enjoy what we have.
God’s peace is counting our blessings in the midst of the crazy. It happens in the mess and clamor of our kitchens, when we reflect back on how desperately we wanted our little mess-makes to make our families and homes complete.
It happens at Walmart at 8 p.m. on a school night when we’ve run there for supplies for a last minute school assignment. As we turn to hand the poster board to our son in aisle 8, our hands touch, causing a shock of recognition that he is the culmination of all we ever dreamed of.
It happens two minutes before the bus comes, dressing our daughter in her costume for the school concert. As we pull the dress down over her head, we come eye to eye, crashing into a gaze that is so full of love and gratitude for all we do, we’re humbled to our knees.
It happens as we swerve, last minute, into the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru to grab gift cards for the teachers. As we wait on the cashier, we realize just how thankful we are for these educators who partner with us, helping to shape our children’s minds and their futures.
Yes, we are all exhausted, running on fumes like a marathon runner on mile 25. But this is the race we were put on earth to run, not the laundry, or the grocery shopping, or the dinner prep. These beautiful blessings who call us “Mom” are finishing up another year of becoming the amazing people we know they will become.
It’s when we can focus on that, we find God and His peace pouring all over us, even in the midst of the mayhem.
Questions for Reflection:
* Rather than counting the things on my to-do list that I’ve yet to get done, can I refocus and count all the blessings this school year has brought to my children?
* Will doing so help me feel the peace God wants to extend to me?