4.19.2013

Life’s Busyness and God’s Peace

Yesterday and today have been a couple of particularly busy days in what seems like an unending stream of busy days.

In addition to my regular Friday duties (working on getting the bulletin published, preparing for Bible class on Sunday), there is a lot going on right now which is combining to stress me out:
  • This weekend I have the opportunity to teach and speak at a youth rally. That’s great, but it means preparing two lessons and the accompanying presentations to go with them.
  • Since I’m taking my youth group to the aforementioned youth rally, that also means making all the preparations necessary before leaving on a trip.
  • I have a lot of reading to do for my grad school class. I always seem to have a lot of reading for grad school, and it is one of the first things that gets squeezed out when I have other tasks to accomplish.
  • Next weekend is the Ark Retreat, a combined youth retreat with several area churches, and one of our big spring events. It’s always a lot of fun, but demands a lot of planning ahead of time.
  • The weekend after the Ark is our church’s Day of Service and Friends & Family Day—a great weekend, but a busy one that requires a lot of work beforehand from me.
  • The weekend after that is our youth group Camping & Canoe Trip—more fun, and more planning as well.
  • The weekend after that will be our Graduation Banquet at church for our High School kids. More fun and fellowship, more busyness.
  • Somewhere during the time span I have just referred to, I have two papers due for grad school and a final exam to take as well!
  • What about the stuff going on in our broken world? Bombs and shootouts in Boston? Deadly explosions at fertilizer factories in Texas?
  • And, to be honest, all of this is overshadowed somewhat by the constant concern I have for my little girl, who continues to have seizures and deal with the daily realities of congenital muscular dystrophy. Daily realities which are physically and emotionally draining.

Sometimes, when I’m really, really busy, I remember the benefits of taking a deep breath, slowing down, and remembering that God does not call me to a life of frantic, breathless activity.

I love the words from the hymn penned by Edward H. Bickersteth:

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark word of sin:
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed:
To do the will of Jesus this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round:
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.

It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus calls us to heav’n’s perfect peace.

Perspective is a wonderful thing. I am seeking perfect peace today, and wishing it for you as well.

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4 comments:

Angela Frederick 4/19/13, 12:51 PM  

I've been repeating "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well."

ecarson 4/22/13, 5:03 PM  

I think you would be a great fit on my campus. Sending you a private FB note.

Luke Dockery 4/24/13, 1:10 PM  

Angela,

That is certainly worthy of repeating!

Luke Dockery 4/24/13, 1:11 PM  

Eddie,

I responded to you…many thanks for thinking of me. I hope you continue to thrive at HCHS!

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