Since the fall of man, peace has been a needed commodity. However, it often is difficult to “lasso.” In our current crazy world full of despairing news and non-stop pressures, it now may seem more elusive than ever. An anonymous quote says this about peace,
“It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
But how do we do that?
God talks a lot about peace in Scripture – finding peace with Him, being blessed by His peace, His peace being different from the world’s definition of peace, speaking peace to others, living in peace… The list goes on and on.
We read and hear about putting down our smart phones, turning off the TV, meditating, spending time in nature, etc. All of these are good advice, but as the quote says above, sometimes we need to find peace right smack dab in the middle of life.
In “Jesus Calling,” Sarah Young talks about just calling out the name “Jesus” when we need help, comfort or peace. It sounds too simple, but it works. I have experienced it. I believe Jesus loves when we call out to Him about everything. I’m sure He appreciates some praise and thanks as well, but He wants to be the first person to whom we go when we need something.
Peace is promised, but not always received. Unless you feel lacking, remember that even Christ had great angst in the garden the night before His crucifixion, causing Him to sweat drops of blood. But He was on His knees then, calling out to His Father. We can do the same.
Our world is bound to stay crazy and get crazier. What if we can practice calling on God for His peace and pass that practice on to our children?