On Sunday, the choir sang “A Season of Praise” and “rocked the house” in our Eastwood Baptist sort of way. And I squeezed in one last word from Isaiah’s list of Messiah descriptors: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This Sunday was “Prince of Peace” and I referenced Jerry Bridges’ 3 areas of peace mentioned in his book,
- The Pursuit of Godliness
Peace with God. Peace with Others. Peace with Self.
It reminded me of the story James Truslow Adams told of an explorer heading up the Amazon River in South America. The local guides and their team pressed on for 2 days, making great progress. The third day, the explorer awoke ready to get started only to find nothing packed, no one moving, and nothing happening. Why? The leader explained that the team was waiting. The couldn’t move farther until their souls had caught up with their bodies.
I’ve always thought that was a perfect picture of personal peace. I pray that in this season, when everything seems to be pressing on, that you find time to wait for your souls to catch up with your bodies. Or that’s what I wished I had said on Sunday.