I was having one of those days. My wife and I went through the drive-through at a famous fast food chain when I noticed their mulch was on fire. Believe me—I’m telling the truth.

So I pulled up to the receiving window and told the attendant about the flames. Several workers quickly rushed outside and quenched the fire with fire extinguishers. Hoping to get a free meal for my observance, I waited as the manager came out to speak to me.

“I just want to give you a big thank you. Your bill is $5.16.” So much for the free meal for keeping their store from burning down.

You know, we all have situations that will rub us the wrong way. But listen, friends—God never promised us life would be perfect. Some things aren’t going to be settled until we get to Heaven. But when things don’t turn out the way we’d like them to, it doesn’t mean God’s out to get us. Rest assured, there’s a peace beyond our circumstances and unmet expectations. This is the peace of God.

Has something happened to you which changed your plans for the worst? Maybe you were in the middle of pursuing a college degree, only to have a medical emergency drain most of your college funds. Christian, let me tell you something—you can have peace even in this situation. Don’t go to pieces. God is in charge.

Peace does not mean the end of all our striving,
Joy does not mean the drying of our tears.
Peace is the power that comes to souls arriving
Up to the light where God Himself appears.
—G.A. Studdert Kennedy

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder