Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
We all have days, weeks, sometimes seasons when we are overwhelmed with life, going ninety miles per hour, but not necessarily getting anywhere. Sometimes that’s from our own doing and other times it’s just the way it is.
For five years, I was the guinea pig running on the little exercise wheel, wearing myself out with life’s demands. I was attached to my phone or computer all the time. I was enveloped with my job. I was absorbed with forging ahead in all that I thought only I could do. Then, in 2011, my Heavenly Father brought me completely out of that season and blessed me with a time of rest. It is in that rest I have discovered powerful opportunities, both big and small, to just stop, breathe, let go, and let God. It is here that I’ve realized all the things that make me go Hhhmmmmmm!
Now, I’m not referring to the song that was so popular years ago–no. I’m referring to those things that calm my spirit, fill me with His peace, and wrap me up in His love. It’s all those things that were obscured in the midst of the rat race I was running.
Sitting on the beach gazing at the clouds.
Listening to the plethora of birds singing on an early morning.
Watching the sun sparkle and glisten upon the ocean.
Seeking out His Creation–Oh how that draws me so near to Him!
Walking alongside dolphins during their morning playtime.
Feeling my whole body relax as I embrace my child and feel the rhythm of his breathing next to mine.
Opening up my Bible and feeling the thin pages between my fingers.
Truly absorbing the Living Word. Not just reading it because it’s part of the routine, but reading it to connect with my Father and hear Him speak to me!
Understanding fully that God’s plan is greater than mine, and asking–no–telling Him that all I want is what He wants. (Boy is that taking a different tack!)
But here is what makes me go Hhhmmmmm the most–my need to control has been tempered, and there is now a sense of comfort and excitement as I wait for God to reveal what is next. That has NEVER happened before! And I don’t think that would have ever happened if I had not been brought to a place where I finally had to stop, rest in Him, and earnestly seek His loving care.
What are the things that make you go Hhhmmmmm? Or is God calling you to stop spinning so quickly on your guinea pig wheel so you can actually realize those things again?
It is so natural for all of us to charge ahead full force trying to make our way in this world. Thank you for new eyes to see that this is not what you desire for us. Thank you for the peace you bring to my soul. I lift up all who are in need of your rest.