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The Peace of God

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3

We’ve been at a some friends’ “cabin” since late afternoon on Thursday. It is now Sunday and we will be leaving in a few hours to go home. I wish I could pack up the peace and quiet from this place and this weekend and take it home with me.

Abba Father, I know that You can and will give me peace. I ask for it now. May it be so in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I came here this weekend, partly to grieve the death of my daddy. Even though I’ve cried rivers of tears, I expected there to be more this weekend. Instead, God quietly walked with me as He led me back to a word He gave me last July. “COMFORTER In the midst of your sorrow, He comforts. The Lord longs to heal your broken places, where you are weak and weary. He will restore PEACE in the depths of your being.” And God led me to Jeremiah 8:18 and Isaiah 61:2-3.

I re-read more journal entries. I spent quiet time–curled up in a wing-backed chair–and wrapped in the loving arms of my Savior. These were the times when the almost-tangible presence of God surrounded me. Not that He hasn’t been present since my dad passed, or before, but so many times I haven’t stopped to bask in His glorious presence. It has been His peace that has surrounded me this weekend, like a soft silk cocoon.

I’ve moved to sit outside on the deck. It’s a mountain-crisp, cool morning. It is quiet. But in the quiet, I hear the birds singing. I can hear the gentle rustle of new leaves as they move in time with the breeze. I see the golden glow of the sun as it rises over the mountaintop.

It is a new day. A new beginning. And it is peaceful.

“This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

I don’t normally post a blog that is this personal. But today, I felt an urge to do so. Perhaps there is someone reading this blog and God is using it to speak to you. If that is the case, please leave me a comment so that I might pray for you.

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