I felt like my mind was on fire.
That’s how I described it to a friend. It wasn’t a physical pain or headache, rather it was an emotional or spiritual pressure that just wouldn’t let up.
I was in the midst of indecision.
On the brink of a major life change.
And it was killing me.
I could feel the Lord prompting me to leap, to take a chance, to do what I did not want to do and step out on the ledge.
But I resisted Him.
I sat still, in my comfy old digs, unwilling to budge.
So, He set my brain on fire. Figuratively speaking, of course.
“Mary K.,” my friend said softly, “Our God is a God of peace. If you are not experiencing His peace, you need to high-tail it back into His presence”
As tears of release and uncertainty fell,
I knew she was right.
Later that evening, I told the Lord I would follow His lead and agreed to take the leap. As if wrapped in a gloriously heavy blanket, the fires of indecision were extinguished and my mind was suddenly flooded with God’s incomprehensible peace.
Our God is a God of peace.
Do you believe that?
Do you live as if that is true?
Throughout the pages of Scripture, we see God speak peace to His people.
We see it from the moment of creation, when He creates order out of chaos; purposely, intentionally setting things as they should be.
We see it poured out as a blessing for His people as they abide in His laws. (Leviticus 26:3-6) We see it in the green pastures and still waters David sings about in the Psalms. (Psalms 23:2) We see it promised to those who trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3) and commit to Him with all their heart (2 Chronicles 15:14-15).
His peace comes through righteousness (Isaiah 32:17); not our own, but the righteousness of Christ (Romans 5:1).
His peace is a reminder that we are not alone and have not been abandoned (John 14:27).
And, just as I experienced that day, His peace will wash over us when we cry out to Him honestly, completely, and with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6).
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