“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 16:33 (NIV)
Who longs for peace, rest, a moment of quiet to gather thoughts and reflect?
Seemingly a challenge to achieve in many of our lives as the storms rush, the days pass, life demands, moments slip by, and the world disappoints… yet all the while… the soul craves PEACE.
It seems that each day I rejoice with one soul while mourning with another. Every day brings a joy and a sadness. In one part of the world, the sun shines while the rains torrent somewhere else. How can one find peace in the midst of inconsistency and a culture of the fast-paced and often chaotic? One might slow down and “smell the roses” to attain a calm, yet that mind can torment in confusion in the midst of sitting by beautiful waters and bountiful roses. In the most circumstantially perfect moments, the soul can stir vigorously in discontent or depression. Contrarily, in undesirable circumstances, one can find stillness of soul. How can a persecuted brother (like Saeed Abedini), grieving Christ-believers (like Saeed’s family), suffering sister (like Terri from diaryofaquadriplegic.wordpress.com), or a dying mother (like Kara Tippets of mundanefaithfulness.com – who recently passed into eternal glory) find PEACE?
Jesus, the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
We live in a constant state of struggle as humans in a fallen and sinful world. God did not promise a life without disruption or challenge. In fact, Jesus clearly states, “in this world you WILL have trouble.” Many wonder why God doesn’t remove the struggles, the troubles, the days of hard work, the heartbreaks, and the pain …but that is what heaven is for. It is a reward appreciated after seeing the other side of “perfect” and holiness.
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 (NIV)
Jesus recognized that we would desire peace but that it would be impossible to achieve in a fallen world. Jesus came to bring truth and He knew that evoked controversy, and as a sword divides – Jesus knew there would be division. The basic question exists today,
As humans, we must make peace with the fact that this sinful world will bring disruption and trouble but we can rejoice that greater peace is found in the gentle, loving arms of Jesus. His words bring life to the soul, they comfort the deepest parts of the mind and heart.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)
I long for the “closet” moments of prayer and reflection where sitting with God’s holy word and a cup of tea (devoid distraction) provides the ideal soul refresher.
It’s important to dedicate intentional and planned time with the Wonderful Counselor that He may challenge our hearts toward purity. As we prioritize Him above all things (seeking to avoid distraction as much as possible) and as we desire sweet intimacy, then we are able to see Him in the everyday details of life. My friend, Jessica, wrote a beautiful and truthful post about that exactly and you can read more at Masterscalling …”Purely Seen”.
He becomes the focus and all else fades.
In the moments when I need His grace, when demands of motherhood and duties of life don’t always provide the ideal opportunity to sit non-distracted, I can still embrace His great peace. It’s a time to pray and be thankful in the morn, to engage the family in worship music as we do chores, to let our words and conversations often reflect back to Him, to play videos that proclaim truth as we drive from one homeschool activity to the next, to keep Him the focus of life’s routine, to bring His words alive in life throughout the day.
As His words are written in my heart, I peacefully remain connected to my beautiful Savior. I can pray continuously even if it’s a simple, “Jesus, I need you NOW.”
My soul finds rest and PEACE in Him. And this is learning to
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (Psalm 119:97)
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*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.com