I am most productive when I am in a period of chaotic calm. I am not sure what else to call it—it is definitely chaotic—usually this period is marked by lots of distractions, competing deadlines, plenty of change, multiple responsibilities. But, amidst all of this chaos, if I can remember to pause for one second to take a breath, close my eyes and remember Philippians 4:6-7, then I can find what I call “calm”; Paul called it “peace.”
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul is not describing just any “peace”, it is a peace that goes beyond what we can comprehend, beyond what makes sense, beyond what is humanly possible. This is possible—more than possible—there is an implied promise here, and it is a promise worth grabbing hold of. If we would do just one thing. One simple, little thing. Tell God what we want, tell Him what we need, tell Him thanks for what we have, and then…stop. That’s it. Let it go. Don’t worry. Don’t stress. Don’t be anxious. Just be. Just pause. Close your eyes. take a breath. And remember whose you are. Where your going. It is only when we stop and recognize our existence before God that we can remember the things that matter. The worst case scenario—even if it drags on for 30, 40, or 50 years—can be viewed as a mere irritation when we know that we will live in the presence of God for eternity. This isn’t always easy—but when you get there, it is a great place to be. Now ,mind you, I am not always in a state of chaotic calm! Sometimes, life just gets chaotic and I fail to pause. Sometimes, there’s no chaos and I still don’t pause. But when I do, when you do, the peace God promised is just one more thing to be thankful for.