The verse flashes up on the screen.
I’ve heard it, read it, spoken it a thousand times before.
Today there is something new.
Don’t be anxious. Pray. Give thanks. Tell God what you need.
And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
I’ve always thought of this guarding as sort of passive.
Like a gate.
I give my anxieties to Jesus and he puts up a little gate (maybe a hedge?) of peace.
Today the word guard rushes in my ears.
It is strong, aggressive.
I bust out my Hebrew-Greek key word Bible and read that this guard is not a gate.
It’s a soldier.
A faithful soldier standing in front of the gate.
Ready to beat the crap out of anybody that tries to intrude.
A warrior mama standing guard over her babies.
Daring someone to cross that threshold.
Usually I don’t go much for military metaphors.
But this one has me.
The truth, friends, is that I need that peace.
Not passive gate kind of peace.
Faithful soldier, warrior mama kind of peace.
All up in my heart.
And my mind.
Because a gate isn’t going to stop my anxieties.
But peace armed for battle,
Peace ready to fight?
That’s the peace,
That’s the Jesus I need today.