There is an extraordinary story tucked away in the Old Testament. It is found in 2 Kings 6:1-7. It is about Elisha and his company of prophets. They were out of room in their current facilities, so they decided to build another place for space.
While they were building it, one of the guys had his ax head fall into the water. I’m not sure if they were industry ‘Safe’ or if they were wearing all the appropriate PPE; but, that is what happened. This guy immediately started to freak out. His exact words, ““Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”” (2 Kings 6:5, NIV.)
Elisha responded by asking where it had fallen. He then cut a stick and threw it into the water and made the ax head float. Elisha then told the guy to, “Lift it out.” The man reached out and took the ax head.
Why would that story be included? What would be the point? Are we all supposed to go and make an ax head float? I don’t think so rather I think that one of the principles here is that, ‘You have to go back to where you lost it.’
How does that apply to peace? Sometimes we can lose our peace almost as fast as we get it.
We go through the emotional roller coaster of getting to peace, or we pray and ask God for it, or we get others to pray and ask God for it. We finally get it and then before we know it, it’s gone again.
What do we do?
We need to go back to the moment of loss (again,) and acknowledge our need/loss to God, “God I’ve lost my peace again. Will you bring me your peace?” Eventually, the repeat visits start to lessen, and peace becomes the resident.
I have done these prayers innumerable times in many different circumstances. Peace comes.
You don’t have to live; You get to!