When my sisters and I were young, we’d ask mom and dad each December what they wanted for Christmas. Mom’s response for several years was, “Peace and quiet.” (What does that tell you about my sisters and me?)
So one year we decided to give mom peace and quiet. (It never dawned on us to actually give her a home with a little less energy and noise in it!) We cut two life-size people out of cardboard, colored them in clothes, and provided each with a name tag. One was named Peace. The other, Quiet. We thought it was hilarious; not sure that mom had the same reaction.
The need for peace and quiet hits all of us…usually because we’re at our wits’ end. (“Wits’ end” is such an interesting phrase, isn’t it?) The dictionary defines “wit” as “The natural ability to perceive or know…At the limit of one’s mental resources…Sound mental faculties…” I get that! There are days when that natural ability isn’t even in the same room as I am, and nothing is sound about my thinking. Has that happened to you?
The other morning I came across a verse in Psalms that reminded me that God will meet us at the end of our wits.
“…they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” (Psalm 107:27-29)
Isn’t that a great verse? I love it. (Who would have thought that David would use “wits’ end” in his Bible writings!)
So my friend, are you at the end of your wits? You aren’t alone. We’ve all been there. The good news is that God can bring you the Peace and Quiet your heart longs for. (And they won’t show up in cardboard cutouts.)
Ask God to still your storm and hush your stormy seas.
He will, you know.