Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I heard the soft whimpering and was quickly awakened from my sleep. I immediately went in search of which of my children’s bedroom it was coming from. As I suspected, it was another leg ache. I grabbed the Children’s Tylenol and ran downstairs. I found him rolling from side to side, crying out in his sleep. Bryce had so many leg aches in his early childhood, but I knew that once I came in with a prayer, a dose of painkiller along with gently massaging the affected leg he would soon be back to a peaceful sleep.
In my kitchen I have a couple shelves dedicated to my “remedies”. There are “over the counter cures” for sore throats, night time and day time coughs, sun burns, fever blisters, aches and pains, allergies, cuts and burns, indigestion, poison ivy and the list goes on.
As we grow older, there are other remedies that we migrate to. After a stressful day we head to the local Starbucks for our much needed boost of the day or plan a day of shopping therapy to balance out the stress we have been living under. However, all these remedies have a short shelf life.
My children have grown out of the leg ache era and have now entered into a time of different “growing pains”. There is not an over the counter remedy for these pains. Sadly, we have all grown accustomed to seeking out an easy cure for what seems to be bothering us. We grab a glass of water, take the proper dosage and expect to be feeling better in the time the directions tell us that we will.
Mark and I have been faced with so many decisions in our lifetime together. There were many times when it would have been so much easier to head to the local pharmacy. However, we have the best Pharmacist. He has given us so many remedies for everything we could possible encounter in this journey of life. One of His remedies is to follow peace. He is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33) and even in turmoil He offers peace beyond understanding (Philippians 4:7). We would all feel so much better if we would take His prescription and expect to feel better just as His directions say we would!
Hebrews 12:14 (KJV)
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: