The word ‘peace’ according to the New Pocket Oxford Dictionary means “freedom from noise or anxiety, freedom from or the ending of war.” When you hear the word ‘peace’ you may also initially think of other words such as: peaceable, peaceful, peacekeeper and peace offering.
If you are a parent or work in a super busy office filled with deadlines, projects and chattering people, your idea of peace (as in wishing for more of it) may include thoughts of: stillness, quiet, silence, calm, hush, seclusion, repose, serenity, contentment, harmony, agreement, amity.
War vs. Peace
I wouldn’t say that I’m a peaceful person by nature – way too verbally expressive and vocal most times – but I definitely would admit to trying to avoid conflict as much as possible.
I totally dislike arguing, shouting and verbal warring matches, preferring to be quiet while the other person gets it all out. This peace however goes out of the window when it comes to certain situations involving Nathan, whether it is he and I arguing over what he should and should not do, or someone else and I arguing over what he has or has not done.
When Life Happens …
But God recently showed me the best peace of all: contentment or rather, the art of being content or satisfied aka “Gale, it’s all good”. The scenario unfolded innocently. Girl comes into some extra money, girl makes plans for extra money, girl’s car breaks down before plans can be executed, repairs and labor takes girl’s extra money (and more), girl is happy she at least had the money to fix car (because coordinating rides to and from work ain’t pretty). Is the girl sad that she didn’t get to spend her windfall as she anticipated? Yes, very. But is she glad that she didn’t have to get a loan or leave the car in the garage thanks to an awesome God? Yes, yes, yes!
… You get a Life Lesson
What was the greatest lesson in all this? In all circumstances give thanks! In looking back at some of the more stressful times in my life, I can see that those times also generated some of the best-est gifts ever. I am truly grateful that God has blessed me with a wonderful family, awesome friends and great co-workers – people who are there for me, especially when I need them most of all.
Are you at peace?
So how do you really know when you’re at peace? It’s when you are smack-dab in the middle of a stressful ‘situation’ yet you are still able to feel:
- Everything’s going to be ok (meaning: yeah, God’s got your back)
Peace is achievable!
The reality is that we will experience various seasons in our lives, moments when we are up and moments when we are down. We know this. It’s part of our earthly journey. Let’s however try to see the brighter side of those situations which may throw us down into a valley. Let’s lift our eyes up to the hills from whence cometh our help, because those are the times when we truly see how much God loves us and provides for us, even as He gives us the most precious gift of all: His peace.
Verses for Reflection
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
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