Recently I heard a story of an extremely sweet Christian woman who had tenacity for life and the gift of compassion. Externally, she seemed to be the gentlest person on the planet, but she confessed that when jealousy would grip her, she flew into rages. In my mind I was wondering in awe as to how this beautiful person could ever have any sin in her life let alone allow anger to take her to the level of rage. The beauty of it was that because she was tapped into Jesus, the Savior and Healer of all, with a little focus and a lot of self-monitoring, her sweet spirit was healed and the curse of rage was put to rest. When asked how she stayed focused, she responded with Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Today, I was assisting my cousin who has cerebral palsy. This affliction causes her to have the mind of a child. There are times, though, when her words are so deep and colorful that I know God is working in her life. I found this simple note in her handwriting on a tiny bit of paper. It struck home with me and reminded me of the sweet woman with anger issues: “Be your own awareness guide. Find a middle line and do all things in moderation.”
The words “find a middle line” really struck home. If we place Jesus in the center and reserve that middle line only for him, when we have fear, stress, or anger, all we have to do is focus, pray, and return to that calm center. And God gave us an instruction guide in Philippians 4 on how to overcome anxiousness and return to grace.
Create a mental picture in your mind of what your middle line will look like. Maybe it’s Jesus waiting somewhere for you—at the ocean, on a serene field of grass, or on a mountain top. Whatever it is, focus on this place where you can meet Jesus and pray. You will find peace that surpasses all understanding!
by Robin Nash
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Lord, you know what I need, but I’m going to keep reminding you! Thank you for all you’ve done for me. Please bring me your perfect and calming peace.