““I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
I looked it up this morning. It means ‘tranquil, freedom from disturbance’.
Doesn’t that sound lovely???
Calm. Quiet. Still.
So opposite to the constant motion and chaos that is real life…
So how does one find and maintain peace in constant motion and noise?
We need to go to the Source.
When Jesus promised peace to His followers so long ago, He was offering them the comfort of His presence. He was going to leave the earth physically. He wanted them to know that His spiritual self in the form of the Holy Spirit would remain with His people and provide peace.
He also wanted us to know that the world can’t offer peace. We sign treaties – and a generation later, break them. We give awards for brokering peace that aren’t even collecting dust before the promises are broken. We spout ideologies of tolerance and inclusion, yet harbour deep-seated prejudices that we can easily justify to ourselves and simply bubble out when we are pushed.
The quiet of a soul clinging to the true Source of peace in the middle of the chaos.
As the lyric goes, “I am in the storm, the storm is not in me!”
I need practice.
I get easily thrown off my game when things get busy around me.
I need to maintain my connection to the Prince of Peace in order to sail quietly through the storms of life.
Learn to lean into peace even in the chaos with me??
Father, we are thirsty for this promise of peace. Our hearts and minds and souls feel and resent the turmoil of a busy world system. How we need what You alone can offer! Bless us today with a big scoop of this promised peace. Amen.