It seems odd, and even a bit disturbing, how easy it is to be at peace when everything is in order in our lives. Perhaps this is because such order is deceptive; we can never have everything exactly how we like it, or do exactly what we would like to. But at times it appears that if we have the bills paid and the test material learned, or our home cleaned and our relationships in working order, that all is well and nothing further need be done for happiness to come about.
And it can be that illusory “happiness” that drives us on – the belief that “now that I have this, my life is somewhat more complete.” “Having,” in this sense, need not refer to material possessions, though it surely may. It can refer to any thing, or thought, or feeling, or any distraction that would have the seeming of more than ephemeral substance. These are powerful opiates, but we become more desensitized to their effects with each passing day.
It may be, at first, dismaying to admit that any pleasure we derive from our well-executed plans is so terribly fleeting, but it is only when this is done that we can take the next step forward. There is joy to be found even when the bills are unpaid and the exam material remains frustratingly unlearned, or when our websites have been stagnate for days or weeks. Our false order is truly the grandest hollow pursuit.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.