peace to your restless heart

Psalm 46:6-7 says “The nations are in chaos and their kingdoms crumble. God’s voice thunders and the earth melts. The Lord of Heaven’s armies is here among us, the Lord is our fortress.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid and do not panic, for the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither leave you nor forsake you.”

I woke up this morning anxious. I had gone to bed heartbroken over the news of the two deputies murdered in Florida and woke up after a nightmare full of police and bullets and bad guys (you LEOWs know the dream I’m talking about). I’d had a rough week and was secretly dreading my long Friday.

But my alarm went off and I got up and went on my morning walk. I drank a cup of coffee. I decided to actually flex my hours at work for once (#salarynotslavery) and spend some extra “me time” this morning. I did another workout. I drank another cup of coffee. And something compelled me to reach for the original “Jesus Calling” instead of my current devo.

And when I turned to today, April 20, I knew why. “Hear me saying, peace be still, to your restless heart.” As I read that my heart began to calm. “Though the earth may give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, you need not fear.”

I looked over from my seat on the couch to my officer’s riot vest sitting in the corner. And instead of feeling more angst I felt encouraged. I felt humbled. I felt honored to share a home and a life with a man choosing to suit up for work every day in a world so broken and cold. A man living out his call to serve and protect that broken world, no matter the cost.

The mountains may crumble, but God’s love will not. Our feet may stumble but our faith will remain strong. There may be evil around us and the enemy might be knocking on our doors, but God’s peace and protection surrounds us. Take heart in that, my friends. Take heart in the truths and not discouragement in the warfare around us.

Lord, You are so good. In a world that can seem so bad You are steady and faithful and never changing. I come to You this morning heavy hearted but encouraged. We pray that You wrap Your arms around all who are hurting today and will continue to hurt forever, as part of their hearts are now gone from this earth and living with You. Please be with us and with our officers all around our country as they sacrificially and humbly serve their communities and Your kingdom.

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