Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
-John 14:27 (NIV)
Peace: a state of tranquillity or serenity.
Doesn’t that sound nice? In the average day, we very seldom see, let alone feel, real peace in our lives. These days it’s hard to find a second where our thoughts aren’t racing ahead to the next thought, the next task, the next item on our endless checklists.
You would think that in a world as busy as the one we live in, searching for peace would be commonplace. Instead, we search for tools to manage our time better. We say it’s so we can squeeze in rest, but we invariably use that time to squeeze in more stuff.
The question, though, is why? We’re obviously exhausted. But faced with the reality of truly stopping, we get scared. We can’t handle the stillness.
That is where God is. True, we can see God in every aspect of life. But only if we slow down long enough to realize it. Only if we slow down enough to let God whisper in our ear. Only if we are quiet long enough to hear him reminding us that we’ll be okay. He won’t let us drown in to-do lists. He’ll handle everything if we let him. Do not be afraid. God’s got this one. And every one after that.