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Jul
19

Peace

Come to me all of you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. 

Matthew 11:28-30

A year ago I found a card while shopping and on the front was written this:

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 these things and still be calm in your heart.

It was just a card on a store shelf as I was headed to the milk case.  But in my heart, I felt something swirl.  I bought that card.  I prayed about what true peace really is and exactly how would one come about having it all the time – at least enough to remain calm in the din of everyone else’s chaos.  The only thing I could answer with was Jesus:  true peace is focusing on Jesus in the midst of this chaotic and messy world so I can remain calm in my heart. And if I am faithfully showing up to exist in His presence, He will calm my world.

And He will calm your world too.

If you need Him to.

If you will let Him.

For too many years now, I have tried to fit into the mold the world begs us to fit into: one of perfection.  The harder I tried, the worse I failed, and the more my world spun out of control leaving an empty place allowing the chaos and hectic demands of the world to reign over my time here on Earth instead of God. And for me, there was no peace.

In the past few months, God has been showing me a better way: I am perfect enough when I have a disciple’s heart faithfully following Him.  I believe I can futilely spend my time striving to be the world’s version of perfect or I can choose to linger in Christ’s presence so He can perfect my spirit.  There is truth that beauty comes from within and it gives us a glow that refuses to be hidden when it is God-induced.  For too long, I have given my attention to everyone and everything else first.

Sometimes, there was no time for God, but surely He understood how busy I was.One day, overwhelmed and on my knees, I begged God for His sweet peace. He answered me with wisdom.

“I spend too much time drawing you back to me so I can focus you.   It is not enough to see you sometimes.  I need to see you every day. I have these gifts just for you. Without me, inner beauty fades and the sweetness of the spirit can evaporate leaving despair.  It is necessary to travel the dark and droughty places in your soul.  But Jesus is here.  You can believe it and you can trust Him.  He will walk with you intertwining His spirit with your own and He will strengthen you from within.”

 

I decided it was time – for my way, it turns stagnant and dead ends.

 

I do not want to rush this gift, but slow down, fully delighting and reveling within each moment so He can love me and teach me.  And there is no better way to experience God than in the perfect spirit of His own divine uniqueness.

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