Where Can Peace be Found?
I woke up in the middle of a bad dream. I was running with a child in my arms. I screamed as I looked over my shoulder at a wall of water rushing toward me. I knew I couldn't run fast enough.
It was almost time to get up so I did. It took a while for the dark dream quality to fade and light emerge. As I poured my coffee I realized what caused the dream. The national news reported another terrible tsunami in Indonesia. I remembered seeing the woman with the baby. It was my dream--it was her reality.
The evening news consistently reports terrorist attacks, school shootings, human trafficking, economic instability, natural disasters, political craziness . . . .There seems to be some new horror every night. I don't blame the news, it's what is happening in the world. But I am left feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Where in this world can peace be found?
Jesus tells us, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." John 14:27 NASB.
Okay, Lord. I can't control what happens in the world but I can pray and give the sadness and chaos to You. But in Romans 12:18 You tell us, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men" (NASB).
So, it appears I'm not helpless. In my own little corner of the world I will try to do my part for peace. I can:
- Help where God calls me.
- Listen without arguing.
- Seek a common bond instead of pointing out differences.
- Mediate rather than blame.
- Encourage instead of criticize.
- Seek the best for others in place of demanding my own wants and desires.
- Love without strings.
There will always be dark and frightening realities in this world (Matthew 24:6). But if we all shine the light of God wherever He has placed us, a bit of darkness will fade as His light emerges and peace can be found.
God bless you, Annie
P.S. I will try to be more upbeat next time but this was very real to me when it happened.