Rejecting an Inferior Peace

A Bad Week

A couple of weeks back, I had what some might call a bad week, or two.

I had been sick over New Years eve and New Years day - I had asked Ripplemaker and Daisy to pray for me. My illness had gone away, but I was still moving kind of slow.

Then, my Wi-Fi system at home just quit working. It took me a day or two to realize it wasn't my cable modem, or my laptop, or my ISP, but my wireless router. So, I went to Wal-Mart to get another.

My computer's power supply broke. So, I temporarily fixed my power supply with wire cutters and duct tape, and ordered a new one from eBay. I then opened my Outlook email client and it refused to open my email. So, used my web based email, to discover that eBay had taken exception to some one of my more aggressive marketing campaigns and canceled my eBay partner account.

So, I doubled checked their terms of service, and checked what I actually did. (I own a domain name that is a misspelling of a popular web site. The popular web site does not allow eBay's partners.) What I did was not against the rules. So, I wrote them an email explaining what actually happened. (I had been making about $100 a month or so on this particular site.)

It had been a tough week. So, I decided to just relax and watch a little Television. I turned on the TV, went to the kitchen to get drink and a snack and when I came back, the picture tube had quit working (It was a very high quality TV when I got it 20 years ago.)

So, a couple of days later I went to get a new TV.

Then, my account on another web site I'm a member of just vanished. Just gone.

So, I began to ask Why? Why all at once? There was no technical reason for my Wi-Fi to fail. My power supply had been working fine, why had it chosen that moment to break? Why had the TV gone out right when I really needed to relax and just be distracted? Why had eBay chosen just that moment to misconstrue my marketing techniques and cancel my account?

Meanwhile on Hub Pages

Just before all of this happened Daisy sent me a very nice message reminding me just how much God loved me.

My good friend Sandra wrote me a very nice email letting me know she had missed seeing my comments on Hub Pages.

Ripplemaker had recenlty been writing hubs about the power of gratitude. Not just one (Say Yes With a Grateful Heart), but two (Dear God Thank You)!

So, I went to my special God-Spot and I curled up and I asked God, "Why?" And just a snippet of scripture came into my brain. "Give Thanks in All Things" So, I sent out the following email to my close friends and family:

In the past week ...

  • I have replaced my computer's power supply
  • I have replaced my wi-fi router.
  • My outlook client has stopped opening email.
  • My ebay partner network account which was generating about $100 per month profit has been canceled - wrongfully.
  • My TV has stopped working.

God is good all the time! Give Him thanks in all things ...

  • God thank you for the new computer power supply.
  • God thank you for the new Wi-Fi router.
  • God thank you that I have other access to email besides outlook.
  • God thank you that outlook is repairable.
  • God thank you for the money I earned on the ebay partner account and thank you that they are looking into restoring it.
  • God thank you for the opportunity to get a new TV.

God help me embrace the thankful attitude. Thank you for my friends who love You and who love me.

A Superior Peace

Still, the "Why" was bugging me. Before I begin the next part let me say that generally "understanding" is a "good thing" Proverbs 2 is all about the benefits of "understanding".

But, really, in cases like this, when we ask "why" we are really asking for peace. Yet a peace that requires understanding is an inferior peace. How do I know this? Consider Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

What's he saying?

Be gentle, especially in public. And relax. Talk to God. Tell Him what you want.Be thankful in ALL circumstances.

And then ... and then ... the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jesus Himself, the very Prince of Peace will actively stand guard over my heart and mind.

And He did. He asked me to reject the inferior peace that demanded explanations, and to trust Him. And He replaced it with a superior peace that surpassed all understanding. It replaced the very need for understanding.

Why did all these things happen all at once? I know there's a reason. And I know I'll get the answers eventually. How? Well, Jesus said in John 15:15: No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

You see, I trust my King enough to obey Him and just be thankful, for now. And I trust my Friend to tell me when He knows I'm ready.

And He is worth trusting. I don't know why Ebay canceled my account when they did. But they did respond to my email, and they re-instated it. Maybe "Why" isn't that important?

Oh, about the money that I spent on my new Wi-Fi, TV, power supply. I got a call from an old-client. He had a friend who wanted to buy a piece of custom software I'd written. Just out of the blue. I can't forget to be thankful for the unexpected opporutunity to earn a little extra money to replace the money I had to unexpectedly spend.

And I certainly can't forget to be grateful to my friends here at home who listened to me complain. Or my parents. And I am grateful for my Hub Pages friends. Sandy, Daisy and Ripplemaker and AEvans who didn't even know how much they were impacting me when they did with their hubs and comments and emails.

Mostly, though, I am grateful for the Superior Peace delivered to my soul by the Prince of Peace.

You're right Little Sister, there's a lot of power in a grateful heart!

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t.keeley 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

Rough weeks happen...God knows I've had my share of constant heartache for months on end...in fact the last year is a terribly painful one, yet one with a lot of joy mingled in here and there. We need to get one on one and chat about stuff. I have a lot of unloading to do, you probably do too. God is in the midst of trials, but it's hard to see any of that when we're so finite...


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Sounds good bro. Send me an email. (Evenings are best.) I pray the superior peace for you man!


EmbracingTheTruth 7 years ago

sounds like a rough week...but I'm glad it all worked out in the end!


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Yeah, God's good like that. :)


sandra rinck 7 years ago

sending you a pm. hugs! :)


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Hugs back!


Eddie Perkins 7 years ago

You are right on target – again.

I try not to ask Him “why”.  I figure if I need to know, He’ll reveal it in His time.  I try to ask “what” He wants me to learn in this.  

I’m glad you worked your way through it.  I’m thankful that  you have friends to support you.  

Thanks for the good word today. ~ eddie


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

You're ALWAYS welcome Eddie! :) Thanks for stopping by! Yeah ... another old time hymn we don't hear much of these days ... "By and by ... He'll guides us with his eye and we'll follow till we die and we'll understand it better by and by."


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Glad things are now looking up for you BD.


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thanks Misty!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

So sorry to hear of all that. I know how you feel (last week was the same for us). But is great when others unknowingly are the rocks in your life.


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Yeah, we all go through those things. May God bless you through YOUR "week like that"! Thanks so much for stopping by!


SirDent 7 years ago

This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Things happen all the time. This is why we ned a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Keep fighting to get that true peace. It is much better than the one the world has.


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Amen! Sir Dent, Amen!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi BDazzler, my big brother!  Thank you for sharing this ... you know, many of us go through that struggle too.  The "why's" being asked and then the pure joy of discovering wisdom amidst it all.  And thank you for allowing Daisy and me to be part of your journey.  It's wonderful to know you have much support and love from many hubbers.  Sending you a big and loving hug across the miles.  {((hug))} 

 


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Miles are getting pretty short these days, aren't they Ripple Maker? Love the big hug and squeezing back!


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Bdazzler, how sweet of you to mention us. It was our pleasure to share God's healing love. That's the beauty of it all. We get the chance to be God's expression even though we feel we are not worthy. He makes sure we feel His love by being expressions of His tenderness and care. May you continue to allow yourself to being His expression. Be blessed always:)


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thanks Daisy! For everything!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Hope you feel better soon.


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

I have been feeling better, thank you!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I did not know what to say, but I took down that other hub because I felt your last comment was trying to start an argument. I am not on hubpages to argue, so I sent the hub to my blog and changed the comment. I am sure you did not realize because some thrive on the arguments here on Hubpages.


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

I do appolgize for that. It really wasn't trying to start an arument. I sent you a PM appologizing. I really do enjoy your writing, and Iactually thought I was in agreement with you.

I do enjoy a lively discussion as long as it doesn't get out of hand, and sometimes, I can't tell. Please accept my applogy.


mikeq107 7 years ago

Hi BD ;0)

You are so right...give thanks in all things...I think the internet has opened up a whole new form of fellowship...

I have not written for a while now..God has not given anything and thats cool too :0) But I have been getting to know Michelle and Daisy better...and your hub reminds me to write Aevans and sandy its been a while..they are very encouraging and misty!!!!

Later Mate...love in Jesus Mike :0)


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by Mike! Always great to hear from you!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

My goodness!! I knew someting was going on and I would also like to tell you Thank-You for your prayers and getting me through our tough times. Your e-mails have been very supportive and thanks for being a friend.:)

God Bless


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

You are very welcome! I feel honored to know you!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Me too!!!:)


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Carrie Bradshaw 7 years ago from Manhattan

You know, I've missed you!! I find that our adversary can only pick on us in the trivial things, that of course don't seem very trivial when they're happening...but when you're piercing through the darkness in his realm, these things can happen and you did what you should ~ PRAISE. Oh, I hope He has shown you what you did for Him prior to the week you had....

I remember going to sing at a church one Sunday. My cassette holding case opened in the parking lot, spilling everything on the ground; my little girl ran smack into a rear-view mirror of a car...hmmm? Oh Praise God!


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

HI Carrie!

Thanks ... I'm still here just completey overwhelmed with things to do in the off line world that I have very little time in the online world.

Hub pages is on my list of things to get back to!


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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

The why's are what keep me awake at night. Sounds like you are back on track now! We all have to climb mountains to get to the top, and it's always about the climb.


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BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you Dustin's Mom! Since I read your first hub, I do pray for you regularly to find the peace that passes understanding.

When I see that you thank God for your time with Dustin, I know you are on your way!

Thank you for stopping by and commenting!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

BDazzler, I just read a comment from you on a fellow hubbers site.. It was an encouragement - Bless YOU! As I read this Hub what I saw was God shutting everything down so He could get your attention. After everything was shut down you focused on HIm and gave thanks. I have learned through the years to thank Him for everything because He says, In "ALL things Give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you." and "God works all things together for the Good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose." Even the hard things of life .. He will use it for our Good.. He also says He will bring beauty out of Ashes... Nothing is wasted with God. :0) Good Hub .. Great God! Blessings!


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BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you Mekenzie! Blessings!


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

May you have a blessed Easter day!

Love Ghosty


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BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you Ghosty! ... It has been one of my most blessed days ever!


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

You are exactly right, when we approach Christ with a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving, his peace, which surpasses understanding, will fill our hearts and minds. The key is to be open to it, and to quiet our minds, that we may fully enjoy and understand his peace.

Namaste.


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BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

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