Something I have been meditating on lately – and when I say meditating, I really mean it – is Isaiah 26:3:
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust you.
If I’m being honest, I rarely study the Old Testament of God’s word. I just never really felt like I connected with it, and if I’m being honest I don’t like to think about a world that existed before Jesus died for our sins. It’s sad, it’s dark, and it’s really scary. But a few weeks ago I ran across Isaiah 26:3 and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.
The other day I was driving around waiting for that precious boy up there to fall asleep and was repeating this verse to myself over and over again. There are things in life that aren’t going as I planned right now, and this verse has been the thing that brings me comfort through it all. God doesn’t ask me to fix all the things. He doesn’t ask me to be perfect. He doesn’t want me to have it all together.
He wants me to trust him. To love him. To have faith in him as he has faith in me.
So once Wes fell asleep I parked in the Starbucks parking lot to mooch off their internet (don’t worry, I got a drink when we left) and I looked up the word “steadfast” and found that by definition it means resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. When I looked back to apply it to Isaiah 26:3 I see this:
Heather. I will keep you peaceful – not peaceful as in not having any problems, but I will give you peace in the midst of the chaos. You need only trust me. Not just when it’s easy; you have to trust me in the most immovable way. And when you do, you will find peace.
I love how the Lord doesn’t give me everything I want and when I want it. I love that there’s always going to be a bit of mystery there. That there will always be a need for resolute trust that never moves and should never be shaken. Because for me that mystery and that faith is where I find God lives, burning in my heart and grow to know him more.