This post was postdated. It was originially written on Monday, 12/17/12.
Little girl is having a strange morning in which she's actually playing by herself. I put some clothes away, dressed for the day, and then wandered down to sit at my computer, read some blog posts, and look up a few verses for my devotion time. It was rather peaceful, those few early morning moments to myself.
I found myself searching for some verses, something that would match my mood, give me peace this morning. A lot of my friends are worried this morning. I can imagine how hard it is to send their children to school, or to go teach at a school themselves.
My daugher is only two, but I can easily imagine her at 5 or 6. My heart is still raw when I think about last week.
And so, I replace the negative thoughts with positive. I replace what I don't know and can't explain with what I do know. What I know to be good and right and true.
"He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves" (Colossians 1:13, HCSB).
And oh how we have experienced this darkness this past week. I'm so glad that this world and its tremendous evil truly has no hold over me. I left that darkness behind when I accepted Christ as my Savior. You and i have been grafted into a beautiful kingdom of light. One day this world, and all that is evil in it, will pass away. Oh what a glorious day of light that will be!
"He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17, HCSB).
He is still in control, even in the midst of darkness. He didn't leave those sweet babies (or brave teachers) alone on that fateful Friday. No, He was in control, even then.
"For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross— whether things on earth or things in heaven" (Colossians 1:19-20, HCSB).
Peace is something that we won't see much of in this world. More and more, our world will be filled with unrest, as we slowly inch toward the endtimes. Christ is the one who brings a peace that passes understanding to our souls, and Christ is the one who will ultimately bring peace to this world. Oh how I long for that day of peace!