Not an easy task! Try as I might the storm clouds roll. I am learning, once again, that no matter what I say or how I say it I will be misunderstood. Just as surely as a clear blue sky can suddenly turn to gray or even black, misunderstanding darkens my day.
Weather changes, people change, I change. Relax. Relax I tell myself. Let it go and let it change. Maybe that’s what keeping peace is all about? Letting go and letting things change? Am I developing or un-developing? Good question I think. Change, peace, they both fit together some how. Perhaps it’s me that has to change? Maybe the peace I seek can only come from Someone greater than myself?
I’ve looked within for many years now, and the small peace that comes from self-exploration only lasts a little while. That’s the problem with self-exploration, you come to the point when you realize that there will never be an end and equally problematic is the recognition that no matter how much you change, you can never really find the peace that fulfills for the rest of your life.
Some I know have turned to meditation to find peace. I’ve tried it and it does work for a little while. Not saying there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just good to be reminded that real Peace can only be found in a Person, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. When I find myself at peace it is because He is with me and watching over me with great care. When I lose my peace, it is not because He’s stopped watching over me, it’s because I have stopped looking at Him.
The only and best way I’ve found to keep peace is to keep Jesus in the forefront of my thoughts through daily reading the Word of God, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in my heart and with others and by offering everything up to Him; my anxieties, my joys, my needs, my disappointments, my sorrows, my pain, my friends, neighbors, family and the world. God gives me plenty to do these days and I am happy to be involved in the monumental task of keeping peace through prayer and intercession. Even and especially when misunderstandings or even misgivings come, which they will and do.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)