by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

A Peace that Is Worth the Experience
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
Revelations 1:17-19
Psalm 23:5b
February 25, 2008

One Sunday morning, my pastor had just finished reading the scripture for the morning in Revelations when I realized I was in for not only a great sermon but I would see, feel and smell God as never before. The peace I would experience would be worth the wait of the many years plus an immediate problem had arisen that needed some resolution.

In May, 1991, I experienced a bad fall that resulted in an injury to my left arm. The fall came at a time when I was in a period of spiritual renewal, getting rid of years of unsuspected idolatry and bondage to many things; too many things and it had become overwhelming.

The fall, because of its circumstances, how it happened and the things going on around me at the time scared me. I was getting rid of all those things in my home and my life that were offensive to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The fall had been a spectacular one and as I tried to gather myself together and get up off the floor, I felt I was being forced to yield, to bow to some one, some thing evil; my head being pressed to the floor in homage.

I remember at the time thinking, I should only be on my knees to the Lord, paying Him homage with bowed head to the ground. After thinking that I finally did put my head to the floor, and I was able to get up in a sitting position to see what and where I was hurt.

In the days that followed, I saw and felt God's forgiveness and grace in the strengthening of my mind, body and spirit. With Jesus love and grace, I was being made whole again. Through the prayer and counseling of my pastor, I saw my life as it truly was in God.

Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest, "It is very easy to quench the Spirit; . . . never quench the Spirit, and do not despise Him when He says to you – 'Don't be blind on this point anymore; you are not where you thought you were. Up to the pre ...

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