What is Peace ?
If I know what I am looking for I might be able to find it.
Before I further explore Peace may I just mind fully state I believe Peace is found on the high mountain tops of the spiritual life. I cannot do justice to the beauty and magnificence of Peace, and will not even try, I merely want to simplify what a sense of Peace is, what it means to me, and provoke others toward it too. For we all want Peace in our hearts.
So what is Peace ?
Peace is a sense of knowing that everything is going to be okay – no matter what the circumstances of life dictate to me. Peace is linked to trust, no fear or insecurities welcome. Trust is linked to faith, faith is linked to Almighty God. I, for one, need to know that there is something much bigger and more powerful than the I, me and mine. That Power is God, who loves me and has my back! It’s going to be okay! So life can throw its diversities and devastations at me, but because of the Peace of God, it’s going to be okay. He knows, He sees, He cares, and believe it or not, He is in control. It’s going to be okay! Peace is knowing and trusting the God who created me.
But where do I find it? Peace starts in the soul. At best our souls are in a state of disrepair, empty, often bruised, sorely fragmented sometimes even broken and lost. That is why soul-care is so important. Don’t neglect the soul – and be mindful of the souls of others too. Words, said or written, can cause havoc to the soul. “Sticks and stones can hurt my bones but words cannot harm me” – is just not true! Words have consequences !
Peace – wholeness of being, this is good soul health, and good soul-keeping will be required. So, slow down, less hurry, live simply and simmer in the Scriptures to come to know God ... and the Peace He offers as a gift.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
In other words, don’t worry, don’t be anxious, or fearful because …. everything is going to be okay !
But I need a little help here. Peace is far more than that.
Judy Pohorille, a friend from a writing group I attended some years ago, coincidently sent me this message on Peace – so timely, that I need to include it in this post. It captures Peace far more eloquently than my technical version of it. She is a remarkable woman, who writes beautiful crisp crackling English prose and poetry.
Judy has seen and known much suffering in her life and therefore I suspect can fathom the depth of Peace far more than many. Here is her writing :
“There is a part of the sea known as “the cushion of the sea”. It lies beneath the surface that is agitated by storms and churned by wind. It is so deep that it is part of the sea that is never stirred. The ocean floor reveals evidence of having remained completely undisturbed for hundred, if not thousands of years. The Peace of God is an eternal calm like the cushion of the sea. It lies so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it. Anyone who enters the presence of God becomes a partaker of that undisturbed calm.”
The peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7.