“But now in Christ Jesus you who
once were far off have been brought
near by the blood of Christ. For he
himself is our peace, who has made
us both one and has broken down in
his flesh the dividing wall of hostility…”
Okay, I was cheap. For months my wife would ask, “Can we please get some DVD players for the van?”
I came back with the brilliant thought and said, “Come on baby. We didn’t have DVD players when we were kids to keep us entertained. The kids can live without them. Have them drip in the sunshine, scenery, and semi-trucks. They’ll be fine, and we’ll save money!”
All it took was a drive to St. Louis.
I soon found out that portable DVD players were not invented for children, but for parents. By the time we reached Saint Louis our van was a traveling insane asylum. One of my kids was silently provoking his sister to do intermittent blood-curdling screams, and the other perfecting his rap skills for his future career in hip-hop.
At this point, I was ready to walk into any electronics store and trade a pound of my flesh in exchange for a strait jacket and a portable DVD player. Needless to say, I found out that you can buy a dual screen DVD entertainment system for only sixty-nine bucks.
As my hands were shaking completing the installation of system (because my last nerve of sanity was whittled down to a thread) I turned on the system. And lo and behold, we now travel in perfect peace.
Jesus tells us that he himself is our peace. Just like putting DVD players in our van gave us the gift of peaceful travel, you need Jesus himself in you to be your peace. Only Jesus can effectively say, “Peace be still” to the chatter of our minds and screaming emotions in this pilgrimage of life.
By Aaron F. Jeffers