Saturday, February 5, 2011

Crazy Peace



Crazy Peace. That's what someone I know who has been in a great battle for his life calls it. It's supernatural. It's inexplicable. It's beyond our understanding.

It's God.

Walking beside us.

Carrying us.

My sister was telling me about a book she just read by Carol Kent. Carol's son is a Christian who has been given a life sentence in prison. In spite of all their efforts to appeal, his sentence stands. My sister said it was a new perspective to her......
....how if in spite of prayer and standing for something, if deliverance never comes,
that God isn't necessarily concerned with solving all of our problems. It is more important to Him that we grow in Him, rather than that all our problems be solved.

It's scary. Unless you have Crazy Peace.

Here's our promise:
John 14:27 NIV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Beyond our understanding. His Peace. Crazy Peace.

Join me as I join Ginger and Charlotte today for Spiritual Sundays.

17 comments:

Karen said...

Carol, I have read Carol's book & have went through the Bible Study that goes along with it, "Laying Your Issac Down". It is powerful - yes a peace that only HE can give. Have a wonderful Sunday. Karen

Pain to Purpose said...

I intimately know this peace, and it is CRAZY! I once heard in a sermon that God isn't as interested in making us happy as he is making us holy. That gave me some peace about why my desperate prayers weren't being answered at the time. God has his reasons and his ways.
Thanks for sharing today.
Carrie

Ann said...

perfect timing and I appreciate that. My cousin is very ill and keeps pushing to stay in this world. We all keep praying and needless to say, want our prayers answered.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Thanks for sharing, especially about the book. I think a class @ church is reading it now.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

So true...that new perspective...that was in my post because that is what I feel the Lord is showing me in this season of life. He wants our hearts, and isn't concerned with us having life without trials...it seems those trials are for bringing us closer to Him...thanks...I will stop, this has been on my heart.

Whidbey Woman said...

Crazy peace. Ron and I need some of that desperately right now, as does so much of the world. Jesus... its all about getting focused on Jesus.

elizabeth said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for all of your caring comments about my mom's death. So true about God's crazy peace!

Debbie said...

I love the term "Crazy Peace". I had never heard it put that way before. I know the truth of it, though.

It was during my hardest battle that I really *got* that passage where God, through Paul, says, "...and may the peace of God which passes all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Crazy peace. I like it.

Olive Cooper said...

I have read Carol Kents book and it is inspiring. I do not know if you know I was a RN for 2 state prisons so I have a unique perspective on prison inmates. I met some godly inmates whose lives were changed while being in prison. I could go on and on about this but hugs and love to you on this Sunday.

sarah said...

crazy peace...I like that and I know it....it's totally real and you can't explain it. But you feel it inside. I'm going to cheque out Carol Kent's book...it sounds inspiring.

Cindy said...

*Crazy peace* is very real. I went through the death of my parents and of my husbands parents and then a nephew drowned and my 16 yr old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, six months of chemo plus surgery all in about 6 years time. We had just gotten married when it all started and to top it off, my husband was suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and could not work, but lived in constant pain. We experienced that "crazy peace". I am so grateful for that "Peace that passes understanding." Thank God, my daughter is healthy today and my husband only suffers with CFS occasionally.
I haven't read Carol Kents book, but I think I would enjoy it.
Have a lovely, peaceful day,
Hugs, Cindy

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One Heart said...

I've listened to Carol before as she's shared her son's testimony. So difficult but it always grabs me how peaceful her foice sounds as she tells the story. Yes, it is crazy peace. Praise God for His peace.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

I've heard that before--that the Lord is more concerned with working in our spirits, in our lives, than solving our problems. It can be scary unless you have what you call, "Crazy Peace."

Thank you for this lesson.

Blessings,
Janis

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

OK,these are my two new favorite words,Crazy Peace. I can use some of this about now also.
God Bless,
Ginger

Charlotte said...

God's ways are not our ways. We realize this in a million different ways. I think crazy peace covers the subject. Thank you for sharing this.
Blessings,
Charlotte

The Quintessential Magpie said...

our lord is too wonderful for me to describe. loved this post, c. loved it.

sorry this sounds wonky, but my computer is wonky. see my blog for more. sending you love. i will be gone for some time due to the wonks, but i will see you the minute i return.

xo,

s.