This weekend was a whirlwind.
Friday night my car was broken into. They smashed my driver's window, popped my trunk, and emptied the contents which included my purse, wallet, MAKEUP BAG (ugh!), and a computer. Now, this is not my first rodeo; I know NOT to stick personal belongings and valuables in the trunk at my final destination, which is why I did it before I left to meet up with friends.
I said goodbye to my friends after 30 minutes, and when I got to my car, I noticed the damage that had been done. Y'all, when I tell you that I was so calm amidst it all, I truly was. So much so that my friends were shocked. There were no tears, no profanities, no cries of frustration. It was slightly bizarre. Until I remembered this Bible verse...
...and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:7
The peace of God. The peace that weathers any and every storm. The peace that holds steady our anxious hearts. The peace that comforts in overwhelming sadness and grief. The peace that provides calm in the midst of stress and confusion. The peace that literally makes no sense.
I can't understand it. I can barely even explain it. But, in that moment, I felt peace unlike I'd ever felt before. My default is anxiety and stress. That's natural to me. I know how to work through situations under anxiety and stress. But, the peace of God? That's a supernatural gift that only the Holy Spirit can provide. And I am so incredibly grateful for that gift. Am I thankful that this happened? NO! Am I grateful for a Savior who took the punishment for my peace*? Absolutely. YES.
Like the verse says, "it will guard your hearts and and minds." Not only is it possible to feel and experience peace, but it doesn't just stop at that. The peace of God will COVER you. The moments where you feel vulnerable and exposed? It will cover you. The moments where you feel unprotected and insecure? It will guard you.
Life is full of high's and low's. Up's and down's. Yeses and No's. It's unpredictable and full of brokenness. Yes, my car was broken into. Yes, my personal belongings and important items were stolen from me.
But no, they did not take my p e a c e.
And that's the most valuable item of all.