Hold Your Peace

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Recently I read Exodus 14:14. “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (NKJV) The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.”

These verses come on the heels (hot and heavy!) when  Moses told the people, “Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.” (AMPC Exodus 14:13)

The Egyptians had to wait and be still while God Almighty parted the Red Sea! If they went into the sea too soon, they would have drowned. Too late, and the Egyptian army might have attacked them and killed them. There had to be a space between God’s people and the Egyptian enemy. God is creating space for you and your struggles. Give Him room to work His miracles and plans out for you! Ask Him to help you to be at peace and give you a sound mind from the wiles of the enemy. Remain at rest. Take deep breaths, breathe in Jesus, and then exhale your anxieties. Psalm 27:14 wisely encourages us to “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Recently, I bought a yellow rose bush with delicate light pink edges for our new front yard. I have never bought a yellow rose bush as normally, I would buy red, pink, lavender, or even white. Somehow, I was drawn to this rose plant. It was an older, mature plant with thick branches and dark green leaves. There were several large buds, but I could not see the color of the blossoms …yet. It’s a mature plant and older like me; I laughed to myself. And, really sturdy like me! Probably been through many stormy seasons…yes, like me. I noticed the rose bush had strong, protective thorns developed over time…like me.

You see, my hubby and I have gone through many transitional times in the last year since we were prompted by Holy Spirit to sell our home of 22 years and move from the small town I had lived in all of my life. We sold our home three times and bought our current home two times! That was certainly nerve-wracking! God knew exactly what He was doing and worked the situation out to our favor and the buyers, too! Praise Him!

I know there has been uprooting and a reset orchestrated by the Lord, and many of you have changed jobs, careers, and your physical location just as we have during the past three years of living in a Covid world. Jesus whispers in your uncertainities, Hold your peace. I will fight for you!

Exodus 14:14 is so precious to me because the Lord does indeed fight for us! Everyday.in.every. way.and. every.moment! Even when we do not realize it! The second portion of this scripture reads, “You shall hold your peace!” We can hold our peace by not complaining on and on about the reality of our situation, but instead rise up in faith and worship Jesus! We can hold our peace in the One who holds our hands and our hearts! You and I are loved so dealy that we are engraved upon God’s palms!

We can hold our peace as we pray to the One who provides all…even abundantly more than we can think, ask or imagine! We can hold our peace when life is careening out of control, and our heart and head are dizzied from its effect! You and I can hold our peace in Jesus, our Prince of Peace! He is our ever-present help in any battle!

Do you know the name of this beautiful rose bush is Peace? Every time I look at this plant, water it, or cut its lovely blooms, I will remember how you, God prompted me to purchase this particular plant as a reminder of your loving eyes, and presence upon me and in me! You truly are my Abba who sees me and He sees you, too!

Here are some fun facts about the rose Peace, according to Wikipedia. And, I might add that with this particular rose, Peace would have never existed in the face of war if God did not intervene and protect it.

The Peace rose, formally Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’, is a well-known and successful garden rose. By 1992, over one hundred million plants of this hybrid tea had been sold. The cultivar has large flowers of a light yellow to cream color, slightly flushed at the petal edges with crimson-pink. It is hardy and vigorous, and relatively resistant to disease, making it popular in gardens as well as in the floral trade.

It was developed by French horticulturist Francis Meilland in the years 1935 to 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France, he sent cuttings to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States to protect the new rose. It is said that it was sent to the US on the last plane available before the German invasion, where it was safely propagated by the Conard Pyle Co. during the war.

Because Meilland had sent out his cuttings just before the war, communication between the cultivators was not possible, which is why the rose received different names. In France, Francis and Alain Meilland decided to call the cultivar ‘Madame A. Meilland’ in honor of Francis’ deceased mother, Antoine Meilland’s wife, Claudia. This is the formal cultivar name. Other names are considered by the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants as trade or selling names. In Italy, it was called Gioia (Italian for “joy”), in Germany Gloria Dei (Latin for “glory of God”), and in the US, Sweden, and Norway “Peace.

Well, what do you know! The Lord knew exactly (once again!) what He was doing when He encouraged me to buy this rose plant! What an object lesson for me! I can have joy, and peace when the enemy tries to invade my heart with fear by remembering Exodus 14:14! The Lord does indeed fight for us and helps us to hold our peace in Him and His unfailing love for us!

Let us pray:

You are our heavenly Father who fights and protects us in the battles of this life. I will hold my peace in you, Lord! You have never lost a battle! Thank you that this is our inheritance as a follower of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah! What joy you give us when we hold our peace and trust in you! Thank you that my peace is developing daily. It’s a choice that I am finally choosing to make! I thank you, Abba, for this beautiful reminder that you have given us in the Peace rose! Gloria Dei or all glory to you, God! In Jesus’ powerful Name I pray, Amen.

Love, peace, and joy!

Holly 🙂

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