Relentless Pursuit of Peace

relentless pursuit of peace

2 Chronicles 29:36 Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly.

Hezekiah had the temple priests consecrated and the temple cleaned out of all defilement within the first month of his reign. He wasted no time returning the Lord’s house to order. What an enormous task he had undertaken. And it was accomplished in sixteen days.

Part of me is envious. I’m tempted to reprimand myself for being so slow in my own task of cleaning up my home and restoring it to order – all the clutter and neglected paper piles and projects. But God reminds me gently (a) that my life is in process and it’s going to take the time it’s going to take, but I do need to be diligent, and (b) not to compare; I’m one person, where Hezekiah’s team was many (although I am humbly aware and thankful for those who continue to rally and do life with me).

My Hezekiah-sized project will be worked through one day at a time, one piece of a project at a time. I am working on putting my house in order – tackling the piles, sorting the paperwork of life that has been neglected, preparing to tackle or finish some projects, and being mindful and discerning with finances along the way. Bundled within that are a couple of books to write, and most importantly getting on a solid track for school with my son.

When I put it like that, it seem like quite a bit. I struggle, though, sometimes, feeling as if I’m not doing all I should. I’m thankful that God is S U P E R patient with me, making His answer very clear that, if I do these things, I AM doing what He has set out for me. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). That verse was highlighted in my Bible so long ago, the highlight has faded, and it’s always a good reminder to read and hear. And I also need to remind myself often what IS before me, so I don’t get too off track.

But I also feel so buried and discouraged by so many piles and projects; it can be overwhelming. Sometimes I will walk into a space, do a few turns, sigh, and walk out. Those piles and projects have some kind of hold over me. I know I need to be intentional about removing the obstacles that are hindering the peace that God allows my home to encapsulate. My pastor said something one Sunday that made me chuckle with how ridiculous it was – because it’s so true. He said, essentially, we coddle our sin like we’re afraid to hurt its feelings. Now, I’m not calling piles and projects “sin”, more like my own response to them. See, my pastor was right. I’m buried and discourage by all the clutter and piles, and yet I coddle them, like I’m afraid of offending them. What? I’m afraid of offending clutter and piles? Oh my word, how absolutely ridiculous! If I can be relentless and intentional and vigilant in so many other areas of my life, I need to do it here, too! Right? Right! So – paper piles, clutter and projects, look out. Here I come to eradicate you!

#Discover where you need to be relentless in your pursuits of God’s best plan for you. #LoveOnPurpose and #LiveYourFaithBoldly – don’t be afraid to offend the enemy.

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