I woke up a couple of times Saturday morning feeling relaxed and “strangely” happy. I don’t know why. Most mornings I’m tense—in a spiritual battle—fighting off deceitful messages of fear and failure.
(By the way, it’s now Sunday, and I again awoke more relaxed and peaceful than usual, but I did have some battles about “work” and how I’m doing and what’s next. I find this morning “madness” and peace factor very interesting. I believe the battle rages in the heavenlies where we are “seated with Christ,” so no wonder things get rocky at times.—Ephesians 2:6: 6:12.)
Now, an hour or two after waking up (dateline: Saturday) I still have a relaxed, nonchalant sense that aligns with the beautiful weather and the view into my back yard from my desk. I am glad and hoping to be an encouragement to others. What are your thoughts, Holy Everyone (Lord)?
Lord God (LG): John, you are experiencing “the peace that surpasses all understanding.”
ESV And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
NAB Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
NASB95 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
TNIV And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
GW Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.
Greek: “καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ θεοῦ ἡ ὑπερέχουσα πάντα νοῦν φρουρήσει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ νοήματα ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.” (Philippians 4:7, AGNT)
LG: John, consider your peaceful-awakening experience a free sample—a Baskin-Robbins tasters spoon! Imagine living this way all the time. How would that be for you?
Me: It would be wonderful, and scary, and uncomfortable. I sure want more of that flavor! Please grow me up into it.
LG: Deal. We’re giving you heaven!
Me: Deal. And, thank you!
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Col 3:15 NASB) “Let” is another one of those ‘little words’ that have great significance.