“Peace which passes understanding” is ours when we spend time with the “Prince of Peace.” Once God allowed me to get a double eye infection which kept me home bound for five days–but it was one of my best spiritual learning experiences. It was painful to open my eyes so I couldn’t work. I had to lie still with a cold compress on my eyes. No one else was around. During this time I was freed to explore a deeper realization of the comfort, peace and hope which comes from God. Had I been healthy, I wouldn’t have had uninterrupted time with Him. I didn’t get it at first. By day two I was begging Him to heal me and take away the pain—after all, I couldn’t even see well enough to type my devotional—and, I had things to do, people to take care of and it made no sense for me to be home in bed! He reminded me of His beautiful promises written by the prophet Jeremiah: “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lam. 3:19-26) It’s true that God’s goodness to us is manifested in physical blessings which give us comfort; however, the physical blessings don’t last. We may have sight today and be blind tomorrow; we may have money today and be broke tomorrow; etc. Our lasting hope and comfort is in the indestructible and everlasting love of God. When we really KNOW God, we learn that our best comfort is in Him rather than physical blessings. The eye infection was God’s investment in my life—to take me away from the bustle of life so I would be in a place where I would “wait quietly” for Him to show me the comfort and peace of Who He IS. It’s difficult to explain the experience of God’s peace; and perhaps, that’s why it is called the “peace that passes understanding.” However, His peace is as real as sitting inside our home in front of a warm fire while a snowstorm rages outside. During the five days I was home bound, God gave me a sense of peace that I’d never had before and–I never want to lose it. This peace is dependant upon God’s Presence because it comes from Him. The degree of peace we possess is dynamically increased by time we spend in His Presence!