"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)
This has been a familiar passage to me since 7th grade. That's when I memorized it and it's been imprinted on my heart ever since. What words come to mind when you hear the word peace? Where are the places that really need peace right now? What relationships are required? How might God be a part of bringing that peace through us?
Perhaps peace in our world begins with peace in our own lives. We each have places of unrest, and perhaps if we work for peace here, inside our lives, we might be able to know more of God's peace in the world.
Do you think all of the noise and busyness in our lives makes it difficult to find peace? Do our schedules, our time, our lives look like that of person who wants to experience God's peace? Is it possible that sometimes we search for God in the winds, earthquakes and fires, but God is waiting to speak to us in the silence and peace?
Last week, we snuck away for a few days to find some peace. It started out as work, filling the car with everything we thought we would need for 2 nights of camping, driving down to St. Mary's, GA to stay overnight and be prepared for an early ferry ride. In order to camp on Cumberland Island, you load up everything you need for your trip onto the ferry boat and that's it. Once we made the hike to our campsite and settled in, we felt this wave of peace and calm. At that moment, I stopped to listen, you could hear the ocean waves and the creatures that lived among the palmettos.
This is our view at the end of a long hike. May it bring you some peace today.