Today was the first day since the fire that I had a chance to sit down and catch up on emails and phone calls (some of them); the rest of my day was spent running errands and coordinating the final move out tomorrow. My heart is full as I see the blend of people God is bringing together because of this, and how help is coming from unexpected places.
I have not slept through the night since the fire, and I’m hoping that tonight will be the night that changes, perhaps from sheer exhaustion. Tomorrow begins early, so I will make an early night of it tonight and turn in as soon as I finish this post.
Tonight I am thankful for the peace that passes all understanding – that crazy peace I have written of so many times before – that now has flooded through my spirit in the last three days with a ferocity that says, “I am not merely passing through. I am here to stay.”
This peace is so intense that it has already produced an eager expectation of what the Lord will reveal next as He repeatedly and continuously shows Himself very present, very real and very involved in every experience of our lives.
Tonight I will lay my head down for the first time on my brand new pillow with a brand new pillowcase, purchased with funds made available to us through the American Red Cross by someone somewhere who one day felt moved to donate money to this wonderful relief organization. I am thankful for my new pillow, and for all the individuals along the way who made it possible for me to have it.
As you lay your own head down tonight on your own pillow, may you also experience the peace that passes understanding – the peace that goes beyond logic and reason and provides rest and strength and hope. May you sense the presence of the One who promised to give us His peace, as He whispers softly, ” I am here.”