Peace

Where do you look for peace?  Peace in this world full of trouble.  A world full of suffering and fear.  The peace that makes you feel a quiet in your soul.  Safe away from worries and safe from the strife of living….strife, discord and pain.  Pain of rejection or loss.

The quest for peace is necessary and is never ending.

But where is peace?  Is it found in the stillness of the night or in a quiet house?  Is it outside where you can feel the sun on your face or the breeze in your hair?  Can you find it when you hear the birds singing, in the loveliness of beautiful music or in a child’s laughter?

Maybe…but I believe that peace, true peace is found when you are the child.  God’s child with childlike faith.  Faith that He has it under control.  Faith that one day all will be made right.  Faith that we will see that day. Isn’t that glorious to think of?  The day when there will be peace on earth and peace in our souls.

 

True peace.

Truth

No one likes to be deceived.  It feels like betrayal.  We often think if they loved us they would tell us the truth.  How dare “they”.  They?

Who is the father of lies?  Who wants to see us broken and beat up? Who wants us to be so lost in our own problems that we are unable to commune with the One who made us?  I am sure you can see where I am going with this.  The devil prowls around searching for one to devour.  1 Peter 5:8 tells us. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

I think that sounds scary.  Don’t you?  Does is sound hopeless?  Do you feel defeated?  Are we hopeless and destined to be deceived?  On the contrary we are meant to be victorious.  We are called to put on the armor of God.

When we have the protection of truth, faith, salvation and the sword of the Spirit we are strong. Not strong in our own power but in the power of the Lord.  He is the one mighty to save.

We are not fighting against flesh and blood but against the power of the dark world.  What a peace!  What a joy to know that we don’t have to go it alone.  We can have clarity to see that the problems we have with our so called enemies are not really about them.  The devil tries to use anyone and everyone to make us feel angry, alone and confused.

Be strong in the Lord and with his help you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.

You will see clearly.  You can be strong.  You can be confident that you know the truth.

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powersof this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17


			

The missing peace

From the time I was a child I have been searching for something.  Something to complete me.

Sometimes it was like the famous line in the movie…”You complete me.”  Speaking of romantic love.

But mostly it was and still is an earnest cry for something more.  Something to fill the empty places in my soul.

When you look at my life and perhaps your life you think, “That’s easy!  The answer is Jesus.”

However, when I am looking at my own life it’s not always that simple.

Ok so then what?  What do I fill my life with?

Busyness.

Shopping…(the search for the next perfect bag, jewelry or shoes. )

Online time wasters.

Worrying.

“Fixing” (mostly my children)

The results?….

Weariness.

Debt.

Comparison and depression.

Anxiety.

Frustrated children and a mothers sometimes frantic fear.

Years and years of searching has left me empty. Still not complete.  Oh, I have my moments where I know the answer is Jesus. But, moments that are fleeting, like the last night at church camp.

Well then, how do I have a deep peace?  A peace that speaks to my soul.  Good question!  Even though I struggle remembering that Jesus fills my soul like nothing else can I do know one thing.  One thing that doesn’t leave my mind or my heart.  God is full of grace.  Grace that says Kate, you’re ok.  I love you and I will never give up on you. Kate, child… I’ll wait as long as you need to realize I am the answer. ALWAYS.

“and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”    (Colossians 2:10 NKJV)