Have you ever wanted to go to the mountains or head to the beach and listen to the ocean waves and sit in awe of God’s creation? So many times, I have yearned for the peace I picture in these places. I think that if I could get there, it would be okay. Then I realize that my wish is just for places that symbolize peace. The good news is that while, yes, sitting on a mountaintop or a beach watching the sunset is very tranquil and serene, we don’t have to have those moments to experience the peace that God offers.
The peace that He offers surpasses all understanding. Our life can be crumbling around us or exploding with excitement, and we can experience a peace that comforts us from the inside out. It is a sense of protection, comfort, and love that only God can provide.
While retreats and vacations are escapes and good for our souls, to find the peace we are longing for, we must make time daily for our Heavenly Father.
You see, God’s peace comes from a relationship with him through his Son, Jesus. To have that peace, we must know Him as our Savior. We must take time to sit at His feet and listen to Him and trust Him with our deepest hurts and our greatest victories.
Reading scriptures and listening for His voice with an expectant heart can bring that peace. Jesus’s death paved the way for us to come into God’s presence and commune with Him, praying, listening, and believing that He is there, ready to help us in our journey.
So friend, next time you feel like you don’t know which way is up, try to take a few minutes and stop and call out to God, ask Him to direct your steps and provide the peace that you need to make it through whatever you are facing. Praying with scripture can help you focus on his promises; here is a simple prayer using John 14:27.
Dear Heavenly Father, You know what I am facing. Lord, I have no idea what to do next, but I trust you and hold on to the promise from the scriptures when you said, “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.” Lord, instead of looking at my troubles, I put my eyes on you and lay these trials at your feet. Help me stay at your feet and know that you are there with me wherever I go or whatever I face. Thank you, Lord, for your instructions and your guidance. In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen.