Monday, July 31, 2017

Finding Inner Peace

Sometimes we just can’t control what goes on around us, we just can’t!  We can however control what goes on inside us, we can control how we act and react.  We can train ourselves to have inner peace.  Really, can we?

When I was growing up one of the things my Dad did was drive the church bus to camp.  Back in those days all the families would bring their campers to church and would load into the big yellow bus to all get dropped off at camp.  We’d ride for close to 2 hours, thrilled to be going.  

This was not your half-asleep band of children.  Oh, no, WE were going to camp, sitting with friends, talking, yelling, throwing pillows, stuffed animals and who knows what else. This was not a calm peaceful ride to camp.  It was chaos!  I’d like to say controlled chaos, but I’m not even sure it was.
With all of this going on behind him, my Dad was not phased.  He tuned it all out and I think actually enjoyed the drive!  My mom sitting in the front seat did not enjoy the chaos as much I’m afraid.  I remember even as a kid being amazed that my Dad could remain unfazed by all the commotion.  

How can we remain unfazed by all the commotion round us and find that inner peace?  We can’t always control our environment.  You know, the screaming baby with colic, the car trip with several cranky family members, the deadlines and stress and work, the literal storm that has the power out and food spoiling in the fridge, the broken cars/washing machines/leaky roofs etc.  With all the “storms” in our life how DO we find peace inside?

The Bible tells us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  John 14:27 ESV.  Jesus as he’s preparing the disciples for his departure gives this assurance.  Jesus is the giver of peace.  

If we back up to 26 I think we find another clue in how to find this peace. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”  I don’t think it’s an accident the verse telling us we have a helper who will teach us comes right before the verse granting us peace.

If we are believers we have the Holy Spirit.  He can remind us, teach us to let this peace from God reign in our lives no matter the circumstance.  We just have to ask!

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