“It’s an island, Babe. If you didn’t bring it with you, it isn’t here.” Harrison Ford as Quinn; Six Days, Seven Nights
Harrison leers drunkenly at Ann Heche in an early bar scene. He tells her she’s “one of those.” The ones who come to the island to find love, romance, fulfillment, etc. The ones who never find “it.” Why not? I refer you to today’s title.
Some people can’t quite escape the idea that happiness is always “over there.” Past the next hill. At the next job. With the next relationship. It never is, though. If you tend to not be happy where you are, odds are it’s not the place but the person. If you don’t bring it with you…
That’s the real question, right? St. Paul knew the answer:
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:” Philippians 4:11
Now how in the heck did he manage that?!? Oops! Here’s another Bible passage:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
So David says he can walk through this horrible place, the valley of the shadow of death, without fear. It’s a walk in the park, because Jesus, his Shepherd, is with him. The weapons of a shepherd are his rod and staff for smacking the sheep into line and hooking them so they don’t get away. He LIKES them. They comfort him.
Because his Shepherd is Jesus. So long as he “brings” Jesus with him by opening the door of his heart to Him, he’ll be content wherever.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; …” Philippians 4:4-9
Be anxious for nothing. God will not abandon you. Keep Him along. Never show Him the door from your heart. Because…
…if you didn’t bring His peace with you, it isn’t there.