You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
—Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
On one of our first dates, my (now) husband took me out to the country to meet his 85 year-old grandmother. You can imagine how nervous I was to meet the grandmother he lived with, took pride in caring for, and dearly loved.
Yes, the meeting went well. Yes, his grandmother was just as warm and lovely as I’d hoped. But NO, I was not prepared for that trip out to the country.
With the big, big sky full of stars and the vast, never-ending sense of peace that reigned over the landscape, that experience became one of the most spectacular surprises of my life, and one of the special memories we share to this day.
We grabbed a quilt, sat in his truck bed and just looked up. I don’t even remember the conversation, except that this awe-struck future writer gal kept exclaiming over the limitless expanse of stars. The cry of the crickets still echoes in my memory. A light breeze still brushes my face. And that sense of peace is still there in the back of my mind.
In this go, go, GO culture we live in, our world is flashier, things move faster, and just about anything we seek can be found with the click of a smart phone app. But I wonder sometimes… how is peace found? To this day, I can’t tell you what we were wearing. I don’t know how much money I had in the bank account. I can’t remember whether there were any awards that had been won or future achievements on our To-Do list that week. All I remember is the PEACE.
This mid-week, I hope we find what this verse is talking about. Handing over trust may not be an easy thing, but what is easy is finding peace in outcome of surrender. Once we pause to look up, trust enough to let go and let God… the expanse reaches down to meet us, right where we are.
That’s a memory worth revisiting.