Everyday Peace

  • Today I’ve been doing laundry. Everyday work reminds me of the role of simple, ordinary, everyday things in helping me remember that I live as the creature before the Creator (to use Francis Schaeffer’s phrase!). He is the One who created me, and the One who orders my days. I do the laundry, and He upholds the universe.

Sometimes there are situations and circumstances I don’t understand, and I’m not even sure what the next step is. There are times I need to think deeply and struggle through to the why. There are other times overthinking and analyzing can be a subtle form of pride, because it reveals that my heart wants to understand in order to control or to feel secure. It is good then for me to remember that I am not God, and I should leave the things too difficult for me (and, believe me, they number as the sands on the shore!) to Him.

Laundry I can understand, and that’s a humbling level of understanding. As for the other things, I need to learn again to calm and quiet my soul and rest against my heavenly Father. I remember that my hope is in Him.

O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself in great matters,
Or in things too difficult for me.
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me.
O Israel, hope in the LORD
From this time forth and forever.
Psalm 131

Washing Day: FreeFoto.com (Site has been deleted since posting).
In the NASB Old Testament when Lord is written with small caps, LORD, it indicates the original Hebrew word is Yahweh, God’s personal name.

Copyright ©2010 Iwana Carpenter

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