“It’s not a high price for peace of mind.”
As I was checking out at Harbor Freight I couldn’t help but laugh to myself at the cashier’s half-hearted attempt at being persuasive. I was there to purchase a $10 furniture dolly to help move a heavy piece of furniture. This “peace of mind” was going to cost me another $3 to ensure a replacement dolly in the event that I managed to break the thing within a year.
Can we really buy peace of mind?
We have insurance for all sorts of things, security systems, locks, backup plans, external hard drives, cloud storage, and even have a backup pair of sunglasses…for peace of mind. If something goes wrong, well, then, everything will just be alright. And yet, we’re still anxious. With all that we’re doing, with all we surround ourselves with, it is somehow still not enough.
God cares about the condition of our hearts and minds.
In Philippians 4, Paul challenges us with this:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I’d like to make a couple of observations:
- Prayer and thanksgiving seem to be the building blocks we need to use.
- Peace we can’t understand will guard us.
God’s peace is something we build, brick by brick (prayer by prayer). As we bring our cares to God, we surround our hearts and minds with a garrison of peace. Sometimes we are fooled into thinking peace is the light cavalry running in to tell us what to do. Instead, it’s an impenetrable defense allowing our hearts and minds to see and think clearly.
Bringing our concerns to God is how we make peace within. Money can’t buy that.