There was a flurry of activity everywhere today. I went to the gas station and every pump was just about full of cars. I am wondering where everyone is planning to go - just as they may be wondering the same about me. People are sending warnings on the eve of Election Day saying get as many groceries as possible, get cash, and prepare to hunker down. There is this underlying unrest in the atmosphere that can't be seen with the physical eye, but it is as thick as a blanket in the atmosphere. Some are afraid of wars, and other calamities that are on their way. There is unprecedented life being lost around us. You can almost feel selfish to laugh or smile - knowing your neighbor could be doing the opposite.
What do you do when chaos bids you to worry? When life's circumstances weigh on your heart to drive it to sadness? How do you continue to find your way in the midst of it all?
This word popped up to me today. It's an element of life and state of being that we crave without even knowing it. I'm on Day 7 of this 10 day catapult to something entirely new. I feel the transformation happening in my mindset as I'm challenged to be a new bottle for new wine. But I can't do it without this additional ingredient called "Peace".
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
These are two of my favorite scriptures that offer the promise of peace in our lives. Isaiah 26:3 reminds us that perfect peace comes when we center our minds on God. And we can only center our minds on God if we trust in God. I don't know about you - but my mind can go from topic to topic very quickly. Worry can set in even before I realize it. So I must position my mind into peace.
John 14:27 provides us with another promise that Jesus shared. He assured us that we would have peace - but it would not be based on the world's definition or what the world gives. The world's definition of peace may be having money in the bank. But the peace of God transcends money in the bank or any other comfort we seek. The recipe for this peace was to not let our hearts be troubled or afraid.
Peace is not an avoidance of what is happening. Rather it is one of the secret weapons of survival. We don't know what lies ahead tomorrow or any other day. But we know that God has promised peace if we desire it. So as I prepare to venture to day 8 - I lean my heart in to God's comfort and serenity.