Happy Monday! I am praying for those of you who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy. May God keep you safe and dry…
Secondly, I would like to announce the winner of the “Get Real: Stop Hiding Behind the Mask” book drawing. And the winner is: JEANETTE EDGAR! Jeanette, please send me your mailing address via email and congratulations! Thanks to all who entered the drawing last week, and a big thank you to Jamy Whitaker, the author of “Get Real,” for her excellent post on the important topic of identity. You can purchase a copy of her book here.
OCTOBER 20th: “There is a part of the sea known as “the cushion of the sea.” It lies beneath the surface that is agitated by storms and churned by the wind. It is so deep that it is a part of the sea that is never stirred. When the ocean floor in these deep places is dredged of the remains of plant or animal life, it reveals evidence of having remained completely undisturbed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
The peace of God is an eternal calm like the cushion of the sea. It lies so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it. And anyone who enters the presence of God becomes a partaker of that undisturbed and undisturbable calm.”
~Arthur Tappan Pierson, from Streams In The Desert, pages 395-396.
October 20th was the day we celebrated my mother’s life.
On the surface, tears fell as pictures of my mother flashed upon a screen. But all was calm and peaceful in my heart, my “cushion of the sea.”
“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:7
This is what “transcends all understanding” looks like:
“Transcends all understanding” was found in my smile as I spoke into the microphone. It was found in the sound of my laughter, when I reminisced with many of you afterward. Our family did not fall apart that day. Yes, we were sad. But the Spirit guarded us and we partook of the peace of God. We testified and I believe God was blessed…it was a moment of my life that was beyond my understanding.
It was beautiful.
Remember my flip flops? They were there too. I wore them to the family luncheon later that day 🙂
And now a week has passed.
Is my heart still calm?
Yes, it is well with my soul.
I have not had a lot to say during my times of reflection and prayer with the Lord. There haven’t been that many tears. I try to force them because I assume that that is what everyone expects.
Isn’t that what a loving daughter should do?
Yet, the tears will not come. My “cushion of the sea” remains undisturbed.
Grief cannot seem to reach it right now.
Because God is helping me to partake of His peace and comfort. Remember, this is what we have been praying for.
I sense that my Heavenly Father is saying to my heart: “Receive, Tracy. Receive my peace! This part of your journey is now over. We have gained much ground. There are parts of you that needed to be burned and broken. Rest and rejoice. It is over. Death is not the master.
Let’s go further. I have more waiting for you…”
OCTOBER 20th: “When winds are raging o’er the upper ocean,
And waves are tossed wild with an angry roar,
It’s said, far down beneath the wild commotion,
That peaceful stillness reigns forevermore.
Far, far beneath, noise of tempests falls silent,
And silver waves lie ever peacefully,
And no storm, however fierce or violent,
Disturbs the Sabbath of that deeper sea.
So to the heart that knows Your love, O Father,
There is a temple sacred evermore,
And all life’s angry voices causing bother,
Die in hushed silence at its peaceful door.
Far, far away, the roars of strife fall silent,
And loving thoughts rise ever peacefully,
And no storm, however fierce or violent,
Disturbs the soul that dwells, O Lord, in Thee.”
~Harriet Beecher Stowe, from Streams In The Desert, page 396.
I am ready to go forward with God. The roars of strife are silent.
I am ready to keep sharing about how God is changing me, one degree at a time. However, before we go on, there is one more post I want to share with you in regards to the process of grieving that God has carried me through. I feel that the best format for me to do that will be via another video blog post. For those of you who have lost a loved one after watching them suffer for a season, or are about to lose a loved one, I would like to say something special to you. So stay tuned…