In Search of Peace?

Lately, my daughter has been having fun with clip art on the computer. She loves to browse through the pictures and copy them into MS Word to make her own creations.

The other day, when I went upstairs to our office, I found one of her pieces of “artwork†on the desk—a collage of beautiful outdoor scenes…cherry blossoms, daisies, and dandelions.

At the bottom of the paper, she’d titled her work: “Peaceful Placesâ€

I smiled at the thought of her hunting through images to find ones that bring a feeling of peace. And I loved the ones she chose. Looking at them really did make me feel calm.

It also made me realize how–young or old, child or adult–we all search for peace.

Maybe some of us look for it outdoors, walking along a bike path or hiking in the mountains. Maybe some of us look for it near the ocean, lying on the beach with our eyes closed, the sound of waves in the background. Or maybe we look for it in a sunny corner of our house, sitting and reading a good book.

Yet, as peaceful as those places may be, and as serene as we may feel when in them, the peace that God offers is even better.

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said,

“Come to me all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.â€

But to find that peace and rest, we need to turn to Him. And sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Like the times we’re so stressed that we don’t have the motivation to pray. Or the times things aren’t going our way, and we don’t exactly feel close to God.

Yet those are the times we need to turn to Him the most.

Believe me, I’ve had many days where I’ve felt stressed and distracted, and I’ve had to be honest with God about it. Those are the days my prayers start off something like this, “God, You know where I’m at. You know I’m discouraged…â€

But guess what?

He can handle our honesty. He knows how we feel, anyway. And even in our most distracted or worried moments, He can meet us where we are and wash over us with that…

“peace that surpasses all understanding†(Philippians 4:7)

Does that mean everything gets instantly fixed? Of course not. But it does mean that you can go through any situation with hope in your heart. And that hope creates a peace that simply can’t be explained through words.

So if your life is really busy right now, or if you’re feeling discouraged and far from God, don’t wait for the perfect time to talk to Him. Don’t feel like you have to schedule it in, or hold off until your mood is brighter. Just take a minute–even a few seconds–and ask Him for His peace.

Because the peace He offers is the best kind that there is.

10 Responses to In Search of Peace?
  1. RefreshMom
    August 22, 2008 | 5:12 am

    Wonderful thoughts Genny! I was kind of in a similar place this week, trying to remember to find peace even when my circumstances aren’t the happiest. Because “the peace that surpasses all understanding” is far better than circumstantial happiness by any measure!

  2. linda
    August 22, 2008 | 12:02 pm

    i loved this! and the part of being reminded how His peace washes over me. great picture. i am at the threshhold of a life changing decision and its that peace that i am anticipating and confident will come when the answer is either yes or no. i love the way you put thoughts into words and often feel like you’ve read my mind! have a wonderful day!

  3. Becoming Me
    August 22, 2008 | 2:18 pm

    Beautiful Genny

  4. LauraLee Shaw
    August 22, 2008 | 3:44 pm

    cannot imagine making it through this life without His peace in me. Beautiful message.

  5. Megan
    August 23, 2008 | 1:02 am

    Awesome Genny. This was so beautifully written and you are so right. There are days when I feel such a heavy heart and He truly does bring me peace. I am so glad you directed me here! Great blog, just bookmarked! Thank you!

  6. Michele
    August 23, 2008 | 1:24 am

    He gives us great peace. Thank you this beautiful post. I truly was blessed.

  7. Lisa
    August 23, 2008 | 2:07 am

    This was a lovely post! It is so comforting to know that His peace will carry us through anything. Thank you for a wonderful reminder.

  8. Amanda
    August 24, 2008 | 3:53 pm

    Oh man. I need this Genny. AS I read it I was compelled to open my Bible and just sit and read Matthew… I really wanted to know if I could bring my weary heart to Him… man I hope He understands. I mean, I know He does, but I don’t know how its all going to play out, and that means I dont understand!

    Anywho, thank you for this beautiful post and the beautiful divine inspiration!

    God bless-

  9. Monica
    August 25, 2008 | 8:06 am

    Our children can definitely be a blessing. So good to see the world from their eyes!

    I want to put the Faith Lifts button on my sidebar but couldn’t figure out how to do it. I use blogger. I entered the code in HTML, but nothing happened. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  10. Mozi Esme's Mommy
    August 26, 2008 | 9:32 am

    Boy, can I use some of that peace right now! Taking a quick break . . .