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Beyond Understanding

JusJoJan 27 January 2022

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

These are some of my favourite verses. The trouble with being anxious is that it has nothing to do with logic. There are tools and tricks to try to talk yourself out of anxiety but they don’t get to the heart of the thing. My Mom used to reason thus:

What is the worst thing that can happen to me in this situation? Can they kill me? Can they put me in prison? If the worst possible thing happens, can I cope? Will I get through it?

While these methods can work to a certain extent, they don’t touch the emotions, or the heart. In the Bible, the heart describes a person’s center for both physical and emotional-intellectual-moral activities. That is why we need a peace that affects our hearts as well as our minds.

I first noticed this distinction when I was battling with a personal problem, an unhealthy affection. I stood on this verse for a number of weeks or maybe it was months, until the strong attraction weakened.

The peace that God gives as a direct result of our prayer and petition cannot be explained. It cannot be understood. It is beyond understanding but it can be felt. It is like the touch of our Father’s hand on our shoulder.

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My Prayer

Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, today I pray for all those who are reading this post. May they experience that peace which passes understanding as Your gift. Amen.

Heart and Will

Those of you who follow my blog will know that I made a decision to trust in the Lord and not lean on my own understanding with regards to booking plane tickets to New Zealand at the best price.

That was a decision of my will. Sometimes it’s harder to do nothing than to do something. I’d like to report that I trusted the Lord with my whole heart, but if that was the case, why was there this constant knot in my gut. I was vigilant. First thing in the morning I would check my emails, concentrating on the promotions. I checked again at lunch time and again before I went to bed.

Once Australia Day had passed with no special, I thought Valentine’s Day would be a good option. When that passed, I held out for Leap Day on 29th Feb.

On Friday I told the Lord I didn’t know how much longer I could keep this up and confessed my lack of wholehearted trust. My Psalm for the day was Psalm 102 and I felt inspired to substitute Zion for my name. So it read:- “But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Jenny, for it is time to show favor to her; The appointed time has come.” (vs 12-13) and “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.” (vs 18. both from NIV)

On Sunday (yesterday) I had a Whats App message from my son waiting for me when I woke up. He had sent a link to a special as part of the Travel Expo, and suggested we pull the trigger and book. The price was less than the special in January by about R4 000. This answer to prayer did not come from the airline I was expecting it to. Isn’t that often the way. I think the Lord delights in surprising us with the unexpected.

So now we have our tickets and are really going. I am so excited! The Lord has blessed me, not because of anything I have done (even my trust was wonky,) but because of His Grace. Thank You Lord.

My husband and I went out for lunch to celebrate.

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