"PEACE does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the middle of all these things and STILL be calm in your heart." Peace "in spite of." ~ KLOVE devotional from years ago.
I've kept the clipping of this devotional in my Bible for years because life can be hard at times, and I need the reminder of what peace truly means. The devotional was accompanied by a story about a painting of peace. You might think it was of a calm, serene scene, but it wasn't. The painting was a picture of a wild storm raging, with an angry waterfall flooding down jagged rocks. Not a peaceful image, huh? But there in the rocks, the artist had painted a Mother bird sitting on her nest "in spite of" the storm that raged all around her. I love the imagery of that picture.
|Look closely and you'll see the bird in the rocks|
So many life events can rob us of our peace. A health crisis. A marriage crisis. A job crisis. In our 30+ years of marriage, we've been through great times, hard times, sad times, happy times. Right now we're in a place of praying about the future and where God wants us to land. I'm determined not to let the enemy steal my peace. My peace is not found in a job or a house or anything one believes they need to survive on this planet. My peace and my hope is found in one place: In the arms of my God, my Lord, my Jesus.
So we'll keep trusting, keep praying, keep praising, and keep believing. Because when this life and all its trials and tribulations is over, I want to stand before my Lord knowing I never doubted that He would take care of me. A God who is willing to die upon a cross for my sins is a God who cares about the smallest and biggest details of my life.
Friends, if you're going through some rough waters in life right now, take heart that the God who loves you will see you through them. Sometimes the water gets all the way up to our noses and we feel like we might drown, but that's when you've got to cling to the Savior with both hands and know in your heart of hearts that it is well. It is well with your body and with your soul.
My prayer for all my friends and family today is that you have peace. True peace found in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 💜