I’m learning what peace is. It’s not the absence of conflict. It’s not when everyone likes you because that will never happen. It is a Spirit infused reality that is enhanced when you memorize Scripture and quote it silently when the waves crash. And waves crash don’t they?
My daughter’s church camp theme this year was fearless, and they used 2 Timothy 1.7 as the central verse to gather the theme to a central point. It says,
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power, love and self-control.
Peace is not the absence of fear either. Fear is a reality that no one escapes, but it does not have to control our actions. One of the campers this year got bit by a copperhead snake as she left the bathroom, but she is doing fine now. He mom shared on Facebook the passage of Scripture that says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition let your requests be made known before God.” Our church family does just that from Sunday to Sunday.
You might be one who does not engage in organized religion, and for whatever reason you’ve made that decision, but you nonetheless have moments where peace is absent. I receive peace from being with my church. Church has frequently been a place where the waves crash over me because church is not a utopia where evil doesn’t exist. But when individuals or groups seek God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit they find peace.
Whether you are a church goer or not I encourage you to read The Shack. The first part you will need a box of tissues, but once you get past it you’ll revel in the peace God grants the fictional character Mack.
May the peace of Christ reign supreme in our hearts and minds.