“He said, “I will accept the breaking sorrow

Which God tomorrow

Will to His son explain.”

Then did the turmoil deep within him cease.

Not vain the word, not vain;

For in acceptance lieth peace.”  
These words come from In Acceptance Lieth Peace written by Amy Carmichael.  Many times in life things happen that derail our walk with the Lord.  Death, illness, financial hardships, etc., life unravels, we get off track and in our human weakness, we blame God.  It is hard to remember sometimes, that we do not get to see the whole picture on this earth.  We do not know the “whole plan” God has for our lives…sometimes, many times, we must accept that “I do not understand, therefore I have to trust that the Lord knows best, He is in control and I will have to wait.”  Wait and patience…that is a whole other post for a different day!  But there is a peace that comes with accepting that we do not know what His ultimate plan is for our lives.  Peace that come with saying…”OK, Lord, I don’t get it, but I accept it.”
Before his ascension, Jesus was speaking to his diciples and he told them, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)

The apostle Paul wrote “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7 (NIV)

So…the peace of Christ is there…waiting for me to accept and embrace it.  But to do that, I have to let go of whatever it is that is holding me back.  I have to realize that I do not get to see the whole picture.  I am not in CONTROL…how many times have I written about that in this blog?  I do not understand why things have happened as they have in my life, but I have to accept that His way is better than my way, His plan is not my plan and His arms and shoulders are big enough to carry and shoulder all my burdens. 
Lord, I want your peace today.  I want to let go of all the things that are holding me back, preventing me from experiencing ALL of the joys you have for me.  I want to accept that some things in my life are permanently changed and even though I do not understand why, I want to accept that it is your will, Lord, please give me the grace to do this.  Thank you for the many blessings you have given me and the lessons I am learning during this Lenten season.
How about you?  Do you struggle to accept that you do not know the “whole plan” that we have to trust that He knows best?  That is tough for us…”control freaks!”
Peace & blessings today……….


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