What would you give to have a few minutes of peace and quiet? Those in war-torn nations overseas would give anything for even a day of peace and quiet. Even those living in cities of riot and unrest closer to home yearn for their quiet and peaceful community again.
Peace and quiet may sound redundant, but they are not one and the same thing. Sitting beside my pond, I find great peace and quiet, but not because it’s not noisy. Much the opposite. If I listen, I hear the cacophony of crows cawing, squirrels chattering and scolding me, crickets or cicada singing. In the distance, the sound of turkeys gobbling, birds chirping merrily to the beautiful background sound of the rippling brook. A lot of noise, but yet it’s quiet – peaceful. Not a lack of sound, but tranquility. When I’m stressed, this is my place of solace and solitude. It’s where I can think, reflect, meditate.
Perhaps where you live, it is not possible to find such a place of serenity. You may not live in a real war zone, but you feel like you do. Your home life, your work place, your school – it may be a place that’s torn by conflicting ideas or confrontation. Fraught with strife, you seek solace, but where can you go?
People seek peace in many places. Some may run from the city to a far-off place while others resort to drinking or drugs. True peace and quiet must, however, must come from within, for if you are fighting your own mind and values, you will never find the tranquility your heart desires. To have real emotional and mental calmness, the true inner peace must reside in the deeper part of you – your spirit. That can only come from one place…above.
You may be facing the greatest battle of your life, but in the midst of troubles or persecution, your heart can be at peace. You can rest quietly– undisturbed by worries, anxieties or fears –when you know there is Someone greater in control. When you trust in the power of God and his sovereign hand, you can be at peace. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you – not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Why not let him handle your cares today? Allow Him to give you the peace and quiet you long for.