Sit Patiently

posted Sep 27, 2013, 10:21 AM by David Sincock

Every Mom has said it to their child. “Sit there patiently.”

Do mothers really think that any 5 year old has the ability to sit patiently on the outside while a hurricane is raging on the inside? The Kindergarten Mind is electric with energy. It wants to taste and feel everything. It lives on movement and anticipation. Patience NEVER happens!

Then we grow up. And Jesus invites us to be at peace.

Just like the 5 year old version of ourselves, even when our outside is at rest our inside is still in turmoil. We do little tricks to imitate peace. We entertain ourselves to distract our thoughts for a while. We medicate ourselves. We think to ourselves, “If only exhaustion could count as peace.” Most often we just endure the tumult, anxiety, worry, fear, and stress that live inside us.

But Jesus offered peace. He has provided for us true internal, heart calming, life changing peace. He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” I believe him.

It is not that imiatation peace. “Not as the world gives do I give to you.” It is not a naïve peace that hopes everything around us will become calm. “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

The task is to learn how to find genuine Peace. It sits and waits for us. In the lesson entitled surprisingly enough "Sit Patiently", we will attempt learn about what will give us peace and just exactly how to find it.

Then maybe those Sunday afternoon naps we take will be from peace not exhaustion.