Etched in Pain
When the curtain of night falls around me, sometimes I can identify with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As the pain begins to ramp up in my various places of inflammation, I can almost feel the expression on my face begin to change. Any peace I may have felt earlier in the day has suddenly drifted away with the darkness. And then when I finally lie down in bed, my mind begins its own roaring:
- “Where is that pain coming from?”
- “Why is that flame-thrower hitting my feet now?”
- “Oh no, here comes the throbbing again!”
And now the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde arguing begins:
- “Stop worrying! You know these pains, they are nothing new.”
- “Just quit dwelling on it all. You are too tired to care anyway.”
- “Why can’t I think any good thoughts now? Where is my peace??”
Finally, I realize the true questions that need to be asked.
Invited to Pray
While I have been trying to strum up my own peace and fight off my own fears, Jesus has been waiting to hear my voice all along. HE is the one who will bring peace to me. And so I lie back on my pillow once again, but now the words have changed as I voice my prayers to the Lord:
- “Jesus, will you meet me here?”
- “Jesus, I long to know your peace within my heart.”
- “Lord, I am placing all of my questions before you now, and I will cling to your Word tonight.”
Soothed with His Peace
Where my mind had been aching, only moments before, now it is aware of the flutters of peace. Jesus is the way to find the true peace of God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7 NIV
This month at Chronic Joy, we have gathered four prayer prompts, one for each week of the month, with precious Scriptures to lead us into the Lord’s heart of peace. I am going to be pausing with them before I face my night’s darkness again. Will you join me in praying?