A Mess of Peace
It’s easy to imagine peace in this setting, isn’t it?
But what about when everything you have planned and worked so hard to put together starts falling apart right before your eyes? Is the mess just as peaceful?
I went to work early. I had everything prepared ahead of time and laid out for the day. I even made it to the room I’m assigned to first 15 minutes earlier than usual in hopes of making it to our Christian club before the day began.
But instead of taking two minutes or less to boot up, the computer took 23 minutes to boot up. Then ten minutes in a file I needed from my flash drive was unexpectedly completely empty and the project had to be completed old school instead of electronically. And why don’t we end the first hour of the day with people who are typically organized and prepared totally falling apart and taking others down with them?
By the time I make it to the second room, I see an e-mail from my husband asking how my Monday is going. Oooh. That’s a tricky question right now.
It started out GREAT. Better than usual for any day and this is a Monday. But then things started going wrong. I’m still maintaining a total sense of calm somehow, though.
E-mail response says, “Ummm, maybe you should ask again in another hour or two.”
I’m hoping things even back out, but I’m prepared for the possibility that technology and personalities could continue to do things they don’t normally do.
The next several hours of my day go great. Everything’s on track. Until the last hour of my work day.
Thwarted by a copy machine. Twice. And we’re literally holding waiting for copies.
Multiple people involved. What’s it going to take to get 20 copies that I sent to the copier three hours earlier? And again two minutes ago?
Finally with copies in hand, we press through the last hour of the work day and say goodbye to Monday at work.
As I fly into parent mode and jump in the car to make our first hour and a half drive–one way–to get a teenager to a weekly tennis clinic, I realize that with all of the complications of the day, things that would normally stress me out and send me into a panic attack, I have maintained a positive and peaceful attitude all day. That’s amazing. In the midst of the technological messes, I whispered a prayer, made the necessary adjustments, and let go of the things I couldn’t change.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV
God doesn’t just give us peace in times of calm. We don’t need peace then! He gives us peace in the middle of our messes. At all times and in every way. I don’t have to have it all together! I just have to call out to Jesus!