Everyone spends their free time looking for that moment in their day when they can enjoy some peace and quiet. Billions are spent trying to achieve peace of mind. And here Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you (John 14:27)” a true a faithful saying you can touch and feel without paying for or searching under every rock to find.
But, we find a lot of trouble on a daily basis, so where is the peace? Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the knowledge that when we step our foot in it, we do not go in alone and we will come out of it better, if we have to go through it. This peace is like a big tree on a hot day; you can come out from under the hot sun and bask in the slewing breeze simmering beneath its leaves.
It is a faithful promise given to us by a faithful Savior. We find and develop peace of mind by believing and praying so when our feet step into trouble we know to speak to him. Trouble becomes that “this too shall pass” moment, where we realize they come and go. When trouble passes, we maybe a little wiser, remembering how to move when trouble appears next time.
The peace Jesus left us is with us everywhere every day. Lasting peace of mind is knowing that when trouble looks at us and decides we want some, we remember we didn’t invite it. A little balm and some celebrating and praising after, and life goes round. God the merciful remains faithful to His Word when our peace is disrupted because He knew we would need those words of comfort and His faithfulness.
Trouble doesn’t make it easy to remember all the time, but we can find lasting peace. Just accept the one who gave it to us. It takes hearing, listening, believing and putting them it into practice. But if you listen to the mourners telling you about what’s behind the approaching storm and don’t go to the clouds to find it yourself. When the storm comes you may be swallowed up and thrown around and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.