If I just get past this one thing, life will be good. I will feel settled, calm, content. It’s just this one thing that’s tripping me up.
That’s what I’ve been telling myself. If I’m honest, I’ve been telling myself that for a long time. Only, the “one thing” keeps changing. It’s kind of crazy thing to think because it assumes that my circumstances are going to change my heart.
There is nothing more unpredictable than external circumstances. I don’t know why I keep living like I’ll finally have peace if all the things around me just calm down. If my last 40 years are any indicator, things aren’t going to “calm down” anytime soon.
It’s the same thing when it comes to moving. If you are looking for a change in your physical location to bring you peace, you’re going to be disappointed.
I have been reminded of this recently as we’ve been going through some really hard things. When your hope it wrapped up in anything other than Jesus, you’re going to have your heart broken. On Sunday, one of our pastors said this:
“Jesus is the only one strong enough to hold your heart without breaking it.”
In other words, . . .
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand.” (Edward Mote)