Finding peace

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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself is the rock eternal. Isaiah 26: 3-4

Recently I was experiencing a lack of peace in my life. The reason I could tell that I was without peace was because I couldn’t sleep at night. It would take me forever to fall asleep and if I did manage to drift off I couldn’t stay asleep for long. I would be wide awake throughout the night, tossing and turning and just willing myself to fall back asleep. And then mixed up in all of that is my little ones waking in the night and disturbing the little sleep that I did manage to get.

My days become long and hard simply because I was so tired. Night would come again and the wrestle to fall asleep would start all over again. I needed peace to reign in my life simply so that I could get a decent nights rest.

As I went to sleep one night I asked my hubby to pray for me. He layed his hand upon my head and asked the Lord to release His peace upon me so that I could rest. The Lord was gracious and I did receive a good nights sleep, but it wasn’t just about getting sleep for me. Something had me in a place of experiencing no peace and I needed to find out why.

When my husband prayed for me and layed hands on me, he didn’t just touch my arm, he laid his hand upon my head, on my mind. I was experiencing a lack of true peace in my mind.

I had allowed my mind to get away from me. I have quite a wild imagination and sometimes it runs away from me and this had been the case. I had lost my trust and hope in the Lord and fear had come walking into my life. Ever so subtly, I didn’t even realize that it had happened until the sleepless nights had begun.

I had let my current circumstances distract me from God. Does this ever happen to you? You find yourself going along in life just fine and then something comes flying around the corner straight at you and you become startled and confused and you loose sight of God for a moment and we begin to scramble out of our own strength to deal with whatever has come at us.

It is so easy to get caught up with what is going on in us and around us that we lose our focus on God. We forget what God has said and what He thinks and we begin to rely on our own thoughts.  The good news is that we can stop thinking our own thoughts and start living by faith.

Our minds need to be steadfast. In Isiah 26:3 it says that we can have perfect peace when our mind is steadfast. This means that we have a mind always fixed and focused on the Lord. On who He is for us, what He has said to us and what He says about us. We need to trust the Lord. We need to have faith that He is who He says He is and will do what He said He would do. Then you can live in His perfect peace.

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