I know, I know! What’s so serene about a tobacco store? I gave up smoking robust Churchill’s a few years ago. I cannot say that I instantly agree with the name Serenity Tobacco and Gift Shop for a cigar shop but the word serenity in blood-red letters captures my attention.
A positive-thinking Facebook friend posted this morning a picture of a fun, joy-riding, bright-yellow New Jersey Jeep with the word SERENITY pasted on the hood in purple letters. She received it as her message for the day.
Optimistically staking out her claim for the day with the message of serenity, my thoughts are maybe I will also get a glimpse of a serene surrounding on my journey today. Maybe serenity will be served and the word will fit for the day. Instead, an hour later I receive an email from a company called Just Answer. The subject reads, “Serenity now.”
Now the word “Serenity” has my attention. I Google serenity and it leads me to what is called the “The Serenity Prayer.”
The prayer is: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
I ask God is this the serenity you want to give me today? Is it the serenity prayer you want to show me? If so, please show me the word serenity so the message is clear to me. Sure enough there it is, within a minute after my prayer a tall sign overlooks Route 23. Serenity Tobacco Gift Shop. Yes, I asked for it and found the word 1,000 feet later along a bustling New Jersey Highway.
The Serenity Prayer teaches me how to handle the message I received in a harrowing dream I had last night. What happened in the dream is happening in real-life and it is beyond my control. Not even Superman can change it. I just need to accept it.
When I asked the Lord what is He saying to me with this message, the verse I drew said, “The Lord will give strength unto his people and the Lord will bless his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
Serenity is peace and God delivers on His promises. Keep the cigar. Just give me the strength, my camera, my listening ears, an open heart, and a tranquil setting where I can observe peaceful waters. He delivered. God granted me serenity today in more than one way with a peaceful pond that reflects draping deciduous trees in full summer bloom.
How about you? Are you anxiously holding onto something that you cannot change? Do yourself a favor. Accept it. Acceptance may be harder than thrusting 500 pounds of barbel-strapped iron into the air but the Lord will give you strength and you will be BLESSED with peace(Remember Psalm 29:11) and peace my friends is where the real action is.
I don’t know If Serenity Tobacco Shop sells peace-pipes or not but God’s peace is free and unlike Cheech and Chong’s skit and the peace-pipe’s contents it doesn’t go “Up in smoke.”