The God of peace be with you all. Amen. Romans 15:33 (NIV)
Do we ever stop longing for peace in our world, our choices, and our relationships? Not a peace that comes and goes, but a supernatural serenity that settles the wars in our minds. Maybe, such peace could be a road sign for our hearts—a lighted path to help us navigate life’s highway with its dangerous curves and inexplicable dead ends.
Back in my twenties, I did not understand the peace of God in making decisions. I made a financial decision without praying or seeking peace and lost a down payment on a condo. My gut feeling told me not to sign the purchase agreement because I needed to sell my house first. I was determined and felt confident I could sell my home within the timeline outlined. The house did not sell in time. Therefore, I lost the retainer fee and many sleepless nights.
After years of searching for true peace, I learned that embracing the love of Christ kept me going forward in my decisions and relationships. I found peace of mind is something we have to pursue daily. A relationship with the Prince of Peace, Jesus, allows us to walk in peace.
I know firsthand how Christ carried me every step of the way during my husband’s journey with cancer. During the Covid-19 pandemic, hospice stopped their home visits unless it was a life-threatening situation. I was terrified because I didn’t have any experience in caregiving or healthcare. I had to trust the Holy Spirit to show me how to take care of my husband medically and to quiet my racing heart when he took his last breath in my arms. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but God’s grace is sufficient. Leaning on Him, I was able to walk through that sorrowful time surrounded in peace.
The key to having daily peace is to seek Jesus as the wise men sought Him. No matter what comes our way, if we seek Him, we can walk in peace.
Thoughts for the Day
Praise God for the birth of Christ. Jesus delivers perfect peace that is not dependent on our strength or the situations around us.
When have you walked in peace during a difficult time?