Nature of Peace
I saw a cool picture on Sunday morning as we were praying before our service and it was packed with revelation for me. I shared it with our leadership team and I'd love to share it here as well as an encouragement.
As we were praying I saw wind blowing into town (not too much new there - Estevan can be a really windy place in the spring lol). Seeing the wind, I stepped back a bit and asked the Lord "What is the wind bringing?"
Then I saw the actual word PEACE written on the wind. My thoughts were "Oh cool. Winds of peace. I like it. Has a nice ring to it ;) ." But then I noticed that my heart was pounding - a lot. Typically when I have a word I feel like God wants to me give I feel like my stomach is doing flips and going crazy - this whole heart pounding thing was new.
So I asked God, "Why is my heart pounding? What does that have to do with peace? Because I feel like the two are contradictory."
And I felt the Lord say, "It's because My peace makes people ALIVE. My peace brings life. When you are fully at peace, you feel safe and you can be alive and run after things. Peace is not a Sunday afternoon nap (though those are nice), peace is being fully alive, full of passion, able to run after anything and scale new heights because you are FEARLESS."
Like a kid who can run free, go after the things that pull at their hearts because they know they are taken care of. The don't have to put food on the table. Don't have to pay bills. They don't have to parent. Ha! They can just run free because all the heavy stuff is left on the shoulders of their parents who can bear the responsibility.
We have a Dad with the biggest shoulders. We can not exhaust Him of goodness or provision.
"I leave the gift of peace with you - my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world but my perfect peac. Don't yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts - instead, be courageous!"
John 14:27 (The Passion Translation)
I LOVE this translation! Do not YIELD to fear... fear might still pop up throwing up barricades or menacing "turn back now" signs but we don't have to yield. We don't have to slow down or pause. We can run past drawing on the perfect peace of our Father.
Point of Reflection: Are you feeling alive in peace today? What areas are you yielding to fear in?