we all want it. we all need it. our lives are full of conflict and disappointments…turmoil and failures….controversy and misunderstanding.
it’s inevitable. we’re imperfect. we live in a world of sin.
but peace is available. peace is possible. peace is within our grasp.
i have a friend i have known for over 35 years. we’ve only seen each other a couple of times since our move to texas. he and his wife have moved on and live in a state of semi-retired bliss. but his work is not finished. he still has an effect on my life every now and then.
often…when i find myself in one of those moments when the chaos of conflict is forcing its way into my life, i remember my friend. because he knew peace….and taught me about it. his example and teaching made a difference.
jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 1633
james said, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” James 4:1
paul said, “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice…” Colossians 3:8
like i said, the opposite of peace is everywhere. its all around us. squeezing us. manipulating us. conning us. exerting it’s will on us. creating havoc. disrupting sacred tranquility. robbing us of joy. leaving us for dead.
but i choose to believe all of scripture, and not just the parts that reinforce what i’m feeling or the journey i am on.
paul also said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
i choose to believe this is true. i choose to believe that god is bigger. i choose to believe that the presence and reality and genuineness of the almighty can bring peace to my heart. anytime. anywhere. no matter what.
the peace of god…the absolute veracity of god’s truth and reality overshadowing the puniness of my situation at any moment in time…is mine for the taking.
in the face of horrific blunders and catastrophic failures and broken world messes…i can experience rest and confidence and hope.
peace. it is that place where i know that god’s truth is always better than my feelings and emotions. where god’s wisdom is always better than my flawed perceptions of what would be best for my life. where god’s good sense is vastly superior to my stupid, selfish opinions.
i love peace. when i am not there…when worry and anger and frustration and fear and judgment cloud my vision and self-centeredness steals my inner calm…i cannot act with prudence and sacred caution is thrown to the wind.
hey…i didn’t dream up peace. but i will take it.
i am grateful that a friend of mine showed me that walking in peace…even in the most difficult of circumstances…was possible.
i hope my peaceful path will do the same for others.