Peace

If you are looking for a blog on world peace, this is not it.  I like to think about it but I don’t have all the answers to world peace that someone else hasn’t said already.  I can’t say that what I am about to write about is new.  It is my experience of peace that I need to remind myself about and maybe you need the reminder of that also.

Before we go any further, it might be helpful for you to know that yes I am a technophile.  I like technology, I use it everyday.  However I must admit that technology has not brought me the greatest peace that I have felt.  Yes at times, I have used technology to unwind or to relax, but the greatest peace I have experienced has been when technology has either been absent or used to see the intricacies of God’s creation (I do like to take photographs).  I love being out in God’s creation.  Yes some of it scares me, I’m not much for heights even though I do like walking up mountains, I don’t like snakes but I have come to a place where I don’t freeze up and start screaming, but most of God’s creation brings me peace.  Even a few weeks ago when the electricity was out and even though it was cloudy and I couldn’t see the stars, it was a peaceful night for myself and I enjoyed going out for a walk.  My kids and I were not on the same page but I still enjoyed the windy quietness.

The peaceful times of being out in God’s creation without the hum of technology and the brightness of electricity generated lights, have meant a lot to me.  I grew up out in the country and enjoyed walking through the woods, or by streams.  Seeing the animals run through the under brush or sit and try and figure me out while I stood and tried to figure it out.  There is a naturalness to this time together that I believe is stepping closer to God.  Not that a piece of God is in the tree but the tree is also a creation of God.  I also get a similar peaceful feeling when I am with people that are important to me but also people who have God’s supernatural peace about them.  I am privileged to have six kids and there are times when we are together when I can feel the peace of God because we are sharing the love of God.  No matter how much we try to make something special, or our lives more comfortable, if we do not have the love of God in us and are sharing in the love of God, we will never find the depth of peace that God is offering to us.

God demonstrates His love for us through Jesus, and shows us that He is making peace with us.  I don’t think we will ever find the true peace we are looking for until we stop fighting against God, and be at peace with God, because I think this is what we are really looking for deep down even though we don’t always want to admit it.  Come to Jesus and ask for forgiveness and peace and in it you will find the eternal love of God.