Peace is such an elusive concept today.
We are pulled in every direction every hour of the day. Most of us are inundated with news and work emails before we even get out of bed, much less before we are in the Word. 100 years ago, quiet was the norm. Today, lack of noise causes us to reach for the tv remote or headphones as background noise. Instead of calm, we seek out chaos and stimulation. The constant pace of our minds leaves little time for the quiet reflection of the heart and for seeking out the Keeper of our souls. Who has time to stop and rest in Him?
I cry for peace but if you looked at my days, you would see my actions rarely reflect this desire. Instead, they reflect hunger, a need for work, and a passion for Netflix. I am like a dog chasing after an ever moving bone on a string. If I just have a better organizing system or more downtime, a more compliant husband or more helpful coworkers, money to hire a maid or that dream job, then there will be peace. But inevitably, even when my husband is an angel and the pieces all fall into place, that does not result in peace.
I’m sure you feel it too. Life weighs and aches and pulls as we try get ahead enough to breath. Is breathing the place where we find peace? If we can just get a break? I am becoming more convinced that peace is not a destination, it is a person.
We can spend our life chasing after the world and be left fretful and anxious. In this ever anxious age, we need Peace. We need Him to wrap His arms around us and baptize us in His love. This love, this certainty, it is the only thing that offers true assurance.
We don’t have to get that promotion or have clean kitchens to earn His approval. The laundry doesn’t need to be put away and we don’t have to always have the right thing to say. That freedom is the most reassuring, life-giving knowledge I’ve heard.
Our life cannot stay the same if we want to root ourselves in the Prince of Peace. We need a total overhaul. We need a life focused around Peace instead of peace-focused around our life.
So would you join me? I’m taking the next ten days to focus my life, my habits, around Jesus, the Prince of Peace. I would love for you to join the ranks for bold, broken people who are ready to surrender the hustle for His embrace and stand beside me for the next ten days.
Every time I hit a roadblock, my prayer is that God will give me strength and that, even if it’s not in this life, I will look back and say, “See! I didn’t know it then, but He was using it and He did a beautiful thing.” No matter what is tugging your heart and keeping you from rest, I pray that today is the day you step away from anxiety and towards Him. Can we do this together?