I give thanks today for that amazing gift: the gift of "praying through to peace."
You can go to God with a heart full of discouragement; disappointment; expectations unmet, or a bad case of "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" syndrome; and through the simple act of being still in his presence he performs the miracle of displacement and replacement.
I don't know how, but I am so thankful that he:
Smoothes out wrinkled brows
Reminds us of what is true
Thwarts the maneuvers of the enemy
Reorients our focus away from self
Replaces selfishness with love
And cleans out the gunk that clogs up the wheels of hearts!
Isaiah 9:6 (New International Reader's Version)
6 A child will be born to us.
A son will be given to us.
He will rule over us.
And he will be called
Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God.
He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever
and Prince Who Brings Peace.