Be Still

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.

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Don’t Ask Why

But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed ask him who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?”

-Romans 9:20 (NIV)

At some point in your life, you have probably asked God, “Why am I like this?”, thinking He doesn’t even have an answer. Maybe you ask him why you blush easily. Maybe you ask him why He made you so painfully shy. There are thousands of qualities that you could pick from to criticize yourself. God is telling you to stop. Imagine if you drew a picture. You knew it was perfect exactly as created. It was just what you had envisioned and you loved what you had made. What if it suddenly spoke to you and asked you why you had drawn a line in a certain place? Or made this part a certain color? What if it told you it hated how it looked and wanted to be redrawn to look like something else? You would wonder how it doesn’t see what you see, right? That is what God hears every time you wish you could be like someone else. God created you. He loves you and has a purpose that only you can fulfill. Embrace it, be yourself, and thank God for who you are.

Besides, we’re talking about God. We’re talking about the creator of the universe. Do you really think you could do better than the one who made the stars?

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