Lesson 273 The Stillness of the Peace of God Is Mine.

  1. Perhaps we are now ready for a day of undisturbed tranquility.  If this is not yet feasible, we are content and even more than satisfied to learn how such a day can be achieved.  If we give way to a disturbance, let us learn how to dismiss it and return to peace.  We need but tell our minds, with certainty:  The stillness of the peace of God is mine, and nothing can intrude upon the peace that God Himself has given to His Son.
  2. Father, Your peace is mine.  What need have I to fear that anything can rob me of what You would have me keep?  I cannot lose Your gifts to me.  And so the peace You gave Your Son is with me still, in quietness and in my own eternal love for You.[1]
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At one point in my life, a day of undisturbed tranquility may have spelled boredom to me, but those days are long past!  Yesterday was a day of travel.  I was doing my best not to begrudge the choice we made to take this kind of work, to live in hotels as much as if not more than we do at home; to leave what we hold near and dear to go on yet another adventure; to meet new people, see new sights, and experience away when we are such hillbilly, hippy homebodies. 

How I dreaded leaving my lovely kitchen and my brand-new spiralizer.  How much fun it had been using all seven different blades on the summer squash and freezing those spaghetti and swirly, curly pasta looking strands!  And all those dwarf eggplants which Zachary had helped me peel in stripes and slice thin for parmesan.  I still do not know what I am going to do with all the sweet green peppers and hot spicy jalapenos.  Hurriedly, I processed all the tomatoes and then the pears into chunky sauce.

And the precious kitty, Velvet.  She is always so happy when we are home.  All morning her little motor was purring in blissful contentment.  She gets petted up and fed and watered while we are gone and seems none the worse for wear, but how I miss her when we are away. 

Zachary and Lisa were going to a football game with the Other Grammy, Vicky, and that sounded fun, too.  The sun was shining, outside smelled of fall and leaves and goodness, and here I was in the house packing suitcases and trying to find the list I made last week of all the things I didn’t want to forget.  So it was easy to become testy and out-of-sorts with Lover who seems to delight in asking me questions about things I have to dig for when I am in the middle of a task that takes my full attention.  “How am I to know?” I stormed.  “Go look it up yourself,” I growled.  Then all sorts of small-minded thoughts swirled in my head toward him, exaggerating all his faults and reminding me of how happy I was (not) when I was single. 

But here is the happy solution.  I have learned how to dismiss disturbances of this kind!  They cannot and do not linger long.  I remind myself of how much love we have for one another; how lonely and dull my life was before Lover came in, swept me off my feet, and took me halfway around the world and back.  I remember all the fun we have on our trips – the long conversations; the interesting books we listen to on Audible.com; trying out new restaurants and revisiting our favorites; our adorable little suite at the Residence Inn; the friendly people and good music that we would never experience if we stayed home.  

Above all, I remind myself of how we dedicated our lives and our marriage to God, embraced His peace, and called it ours.  We do not live in fear anymore because nothing and nobody can rob us of what our Heavenly Father has given us to keep always.  We cannot lose His gift to us.  The special relationship prone to disturbances, jealousies, suspicions, and unrest has turned holy; the peace of Christ is with us in quiet tranquility.  The stillness of the peace of God is mine, is ours, is yours, and becomes us as the Sons of God.

[1] A Course in Miracles/Workbook for Students/The stillness of the peace…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 433