“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Ruby paced the hospital corridor. When will this end? The minutes dragged into hours and with every moment that passed her imagination twisted her thoughts.
“Any word yet?” Alice, Ruby’s best friend waved as she came down the hallway.
“Nothing. It was only supposed to be a 40 minute surgery. It’s been three hours. I can’t imagine what has happened. The doctor hasn’t even called to update me.” Tears filled Ruby’s eyes.
Another hour passed before the phone rang at the receptionist desk. “Mrs. Ruby Telford, come to the front desk.”
Ruby made a dash for the receptionist, arriving just as she placed the receiver on the hook. “I’m Ruby Telford. Was that the doctor?”
“Yes it was. He wants you to meet him down the hall in the family room.”
The family room. This can’t be good. Fear filled her heart as she pushed the door open and headed toward the family room. The doctor waited just inside.
“How’s Ace? What’s taking so long?”
The doctor motioned for Ruby to sit down, then he began to tell her the result of the surgery. “The surgery turned up a surprise. There was a tumor next to the appendix. We couldn’t get to the appendix until we removed the tumor. It appears to be benign, but we’ll send it out to be sure. However, the appendix did rupture and there was quite a bit of blood loss. We almost lost him at one point.” The doctor rubbed his hand across his head pushing his surgical cap off. “He should recuperate fine.” Grateful, Ruby lifted her hands toward heaven and thanked God for His peace.
When troubles beseech us it becomes difficult to look past the hardships into a positive approach. Our fears of the unknown take hold of us and build an overwhelming anxiety – one that can physically make us ill.
Jesus told His disciples all the things that would happen to Him. He prepared them as best He could and as best as they could understand. He explained He was giving this information so they would have peace. When we understand the things that are happening around us, we may still fear, but there is a peace about us, which makes things bearable.
When we are able to grasp hold of the truth and embrace it, our trials seem to have less affect on us. It’s the loving peace of Christ that helps us to realize He is the Master and in control of everything. There are still trials and hardships, but we seem to pass through them a bit easier. Through His mighty grace, we are able to overcome. Trust your heart to Christ. Listen when He speaks and He will tell you all you need to know to help you find peace.
Prayer: Oh Lord, You are the Maker of all things. Give us peace and grace to overcome.