Fruit of the Spirit - Peace

I like to be in control. I like to know what is going on, what is going to happen next and to plan accordingly.  If I know what is coming then I can plan for it and everything will be fine.

Unfortunately for me, life doesn’t always work like that! Early last year my husband had a serious accident which turned our life upside down. We were on a planned family holiday, on a planned day out rock climbing in the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland when things started to deviate from my plan. Steve fell 8 and a half metres down a rock face, suffering a serious head injury and breaking his back in multiple places. He landed right at my feet and in that first moment when I looked at him on the ground I thought he was gone. There was nothing in his eyes.

This was not in the plan. This was not in my plan for that day or that holiday, nor was it in my 5-year plan or my 10-year plan or my lifetime plan!

Praise God that moments later Steve came to and I started first aid and rang 000 and the story went on from there, but in those first few moments, when everything seemed to stop, all I knew was that the Holy Spirit was right there, holding me up, and giving me a peace beyond all understanding. That peace remained throughout the following minutes, hours and days as we dealt with surgery and recovery and being interstate away from our usual support network.

I can never fully articulate how that peace felt, but I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that it was there, and that it was supernatural.

In Liberty Kids this week we looked at Matthew 6:25-27 which reads:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

When we fully embrace just how much God cares for us, we discover how we can find peace. We can have peace because God is in control. I pray that you never go through what we went through last year, but I do pray that you will know God’s peace in your situation right now, whatever that might be.

Have a great week.

Anita King

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