Daily Archives: August 29, 2011

Safe

It’s been a strange week. An earthquake on Tuesday left my daughters and I rattled and unnerved. Along with straightening pictures and sweeping up glass from the cherished broken crystal glasses we also sought ways to relax again in our home.

 Relax?

 “I always thought I would be safe here,” my youngest spoke putting words to our deepest fear.

 Even as she said it I sighed within. Would any of us ever feel safe again in our home?

“You are safe, honey,” I reassured giving her a squeeze, “because your safety is in the One Who holds you.

 Safe, no matter what.

 My girls and I held each other close for a long time.

Gratitude filled our hearts as we saw buildings condemned and then torn down.

 In only a few seconds a familiar deli is now permanently closed.

In only a few seconds sanctuary ceilings are cracked.

In only a few seconds school buildings were seriously damaged.

 But

no lives were lost. Miraculously no one was hurt.

 Once more neighbor stood beside neighbor watching with horror and waiting to see if their homes would crumble.

 Shaking earthquakes have led to stronger relationships.

A big hug. A tender embrace there.  Phone calls of concern.

 Hearts that look up in faith to the One Who Loves and understand maybe a little more that safety is only in Him. That’s how it’s always been. And that’s how it will always be.

A Peace that Grows

Someone  has said that “he only is advancing in life whose heart is getting softer, whose blood is warmer, whose brain quicker, whose  spirit is entering into living peace”.

 Peace, to be peace, must be a living peace. Oftentimes folks think that retreating from responsibility or becoming numb to life’s difficulties is peace. But true peace is a quiet within in the midst of activity and responsibility. In the midst of earthquakes and hurricanes, illness and loss.

 Have you discovered it?

 Although I am aware of my own continual need for growth in this area, I am also discovering the wonder of receiving peace and then responding in peace. Over time living in a state of peace can become as natural as breathing. And isn’t that what we would all like to experience?

 We live in circumstances that continue to challenge a life of peace. News and weather reports threaten our peace of mind. Friends disappoint. The unexpected happens.

 So how do we grow in peace? And is it really possible?

 Yes it is possible. And that is the first step to growth in peace. The more we realize and accept that peace is not a luxury for only a few but a possibility for us, the more we begin to seek ways to discover it ourselves.

 Peace is a sign of a growing life.

 Peace is a growth in adjustment. It is growth in maturity of character. Changes will most certainly come in life. Accept those changes. But remember what never changes and hold tight to that.  

 In a world filled with constant change fix your eyes on the Unchanging One. He will never disappoint you.

 Be at peace this week.