Are you at peace with yourself? Peace with your life and at peace with your situation or circumstances? Yes, I am also talking about the uncomfortable, and the road of uncertainties you might be on this very moment.
A few months ago, I was at a place in my journey where I wasn’t sure if I was in position with where God wanted me to be. Things didn’t make sense to me, people were talking, and if I can be honest, fear began creeping in. I thought “I must not be in the flow” I knew I wanted to be where I should be so even if people criticized me it wouldn’t affect me because I know for sure that I’m where God wanted me to be. And so, I began to pray. I prayed for God’s will in my life, that if I’m out of position to lead me back into position, and if I’m already in position, to give me peace, and quiet my anxieties. About 2 1/2 weeks later, God assured me that I am where I should be. He also helped me to realize that I have peace! I’ve always had peace. I was just anxious about the way things were going; they didn’t make much sense to me. I am currently in a situation where I have learned over the last year to be content and make myself at home. (smile) The first few seasons were rough, but I saw them as amazing opportunities to learn more about who I am, bring them to the surface, and practice them daily. This journey has blessed me so very much! Knowing that God is with me makes it a lot easier and more fun. My circumstances show me strengths and the fighter in me.
So I ask you today, wherever you are, do you have peace? Maybe you do, but your mind is too busy grabbing unnecessary thoughts and fears to acknowledge it, rest in it and be thankful for it. ( I normally pray a short prayer- “Lord, please settle my spirit, quiet my mind so that I can see and rest in where I am.”) If your answer is NO, I want to encourage you first, to ask God to re-center you. Secondly, I believe quiet time, solitude, is very vital, and it helps to find inner peace. Get quiet and allow your inner voice, your spirit to guide you. Areas that are tugging at you for your attention will surface, when they do, pay attention to meeting those needs. Doing this may take some time, so do not rush the process. Be thankful that it has begun. Let our Lord saturate your mind and heart with His peace. He gave us this gift in John 14:27 “I am leaving with you a gift- peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” NLT If you are in an uncomfortable situation, understand that you won’t always be there and instead of fighting, pushing it away and running from it- welcome it, be content in it and make peace with it. That “place” is necessary for your growth. You have the hand of God guiding you through.
I love how Jesus wants us to always have peace and I love even more that WE CAN HAVE PEACE because of HIM! HE is our Jehovah Shalom, Lord of peace!
One of the best ways to be at peace, is to be grateful wherever God has you. Make peace with, and be content in whatever season you are.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for this place, please show me all I need to be open to in this season. I ask you to help me to find peace and contentment in these. I trust that you are with me now, quiet whatever anxieties may arise so I can hear your voice and directions clearly. I thank you ever so much for your gift of peace reigning in my life, and situations, In Jesus Name, Amen.
Meditation: 1 Tim 6:6; Jer 46:27; Ezek 34:25; Eph 6:15-16