Peace that Surpasses


I just left the hospital (Wednesday). In the room was a father and mother who have just been married 59 years. Next to them in the bed was their first born. The son has been suffering for months with disease. He is not in pain today. He will breathe his last soon.

There are some things that make absolutely no sense most humans. In the midst of it faith has been shining brightly. Not some superficial faith that we cling to during hard times but a faith that genuinely delivers that which is distinctly divine. As I was preparing to leave the room the father turned to me and said, “I have the deepest peace, a peace inside of me that can only come from God. I don’t have it in me to have this kind of peace.”

I have known this family for many, many years. There is one in that family who has prayed for her family through IT ALL. After 59 years and six kids, and a multitude of grandchildren, I have prayed with and cried with this mother/grandmother. She is among the ‘Who’s Who’ of saintly women. If ever I needed someone to pray for God’s hand to be at work, I would call her number. Today I was able to witness a smidgen of the millions of blessings God has granted this lady. I was so moved when her husband turned to me and said what I shared above.  I was reminded of the passage in Philippians which reads in the 17th Century English version, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

For those who speak little 17th Century English, a more modern translation might due: “Because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” I believe these two translations suffice to give you insight but the RJG translation might help you sense the advantage and purpose of such peace. “Since you are God’s in Christ Jesus, the God who stockpiles peace, deep inner-peace, the kind of peace that cannot be explained and is impossible to describe, but once this peace which originates in the factory of Heaven and has been delivered by the Son Himself to your innermost portions will squeeze out all fear, all anxiety, all anxiousness with a peace that surpasses the minds ability to understand. Not only will all negative earthly experiences that do not originate in Heaven be eradicated from your heart and mind but you will feel secure, safe with a high degree of certainty that God is trustworthy and able!”

I hope that in the face of earth’s most hideous trials, I will be able to turn to those watching my plight and say, “I have the deepest peace, a peace inside of me at that can only come from God.”