“I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27 NLT).
Our mini-dachshund, Rusty, was gifted to us just over a year ago. When he came into our home, he behaved timidly and flinched at all of our moves to pet and hold him. Understandably, he missed his mom and his first home. Our family was new to him, and he didn’t know how to behave or what to expect.
A couple of weeks ago, Rusty–now full-grown–leisurely slept on a futon, which is located next to my work out weights. After I lifted each set of weights, I would place the heavy load onto the futon. Rusty was several feet away from where I set the weights, but the mattress still shook a little each time.
I noticed that he didn’t even bat an eye when I laid the 15 pounds weights down, but I thought for sure he would want to know what was going on when I placed both 35 pound weights down together! Nope. He didn’t flinch. He merely yawned, stretched and role onto his side.
Here are weights that could crush him with one blow, but he continued snoozing like he had nothing to worry about.
I realized that over the course of a year, Rusty not only learned to adjust to our family, but he learned to trust us with his life. When the kids pick him up, he merely waits for them to get bored and put him back down. When someone accidently lays on him, he peeks his head out and squeezes his way to freedom—never once does he look worried or distraught.
Even when my husband has to take him a bath or remove a thorn from his skin, Rusty—although looking uncomfortable—doesn’t try to jump or bark. He has learned that our family loves him and only wants the best for him. He trusts us even in painful situations.
As Christians develop a deeper relationship with Christ, we stop flinching in hard situations and start relying and trusting in God. There is a peace attainable to all of us when we understand that God loves us and only wants the best for us. This peace is foreign to the world void of Christ; and when we demonstrate this peace even in the midst of a storm, the world will notice and wonder why we are different.
In difficult times, we can continue to trust God even when we don’t understand, believing and claiming that His plans are always for our good.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29.11 NIV).