I didn’t realize how much I needed to learn about PEACE until I decided to write this blog post about it.
See, when I started, I thought I’d share all this wisdom I’ve picked up over the years about anxiety and breathing techniques, maybe a few quotes about finding peace in the midst of a storm, that sort of thing.
I kept sitting down to write, but I had nothing to say. I didn’t want to be pithy or vapid, I just wanted to share some easy thoughts about this ever-elusive peace that we all so deeply desire.
And then the last few days happened. I found myself facing raging hormones, anxiety, and discouragement. It wasn’t until that point that I realized instead of reading and writing about peace, maybe I should start praying for it.
That’s what I did. I prayed lots of prayers for peace. Long ones, sprawled out on the floor next to my bed. Short ones, breathed quickly at the beginning of a conversation. I prayed through tears as I drove on the 210. I just kept asking for peace and the strength of person that comes from not being so easily shaken.
Someone at church preached that peace can only come as a result of an external force. That’s the true crux of the “fruit of the spirit” idea. They aren’t spiritual achievement badges, and they aren’t rewards for our work. We can’t “get” them. We can only walk closely with the God who gives them. They are results of God’s presence.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
These gifts are the result of God being at work, and that’s exactly what prayer does. It gets us to pause and invite God in. Usually, it forces us to admit that we don’t have it under control and to admit our need, and even our desperation, for someone more powerful than ourselves.
So, in this season, peace comes when I pause to say,
“God, I am overwhelmed. I feel anxious or worried or afraid. I can’t figure this out or fix it on my own. I can’t function in my life when my mind is twisted up on itself about this issue or relationship or circumstance. I need peace that surpasses all understanding. Would you be close to me today and every day, and bless me with this peace that only comes from you?”
Where do you need some peace in your life today?