A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
The Reality in Peace…
“I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27, NCV)
This morning as I sit on the porch of our log cabin nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Townsend, Tennessee I am experiencing Jesus’ Peace in a new and deeper way. In the distance I can hear a dog barking, moments ago the sound of a crow add to the morning’s tranquility as does the singing of a bird, “tweet, tweet, tweet.” Suddenly from below the sound of a Woodpecker hammering on a tree trunk completes the Morning Symphony of Jesus’ Peace.
As I look out through the trees I can see the morning mist hanging in the air. I suspect if I were down below in Townsend it would look like we were in a low level cloud. I know that because normally we can see the outline of a higher mountain from our front porch. The morning mist adds a sense of mystery to the Peace of Jesus. Yet with the shroud of mystery comes the reality that peace cannot exist without the presence of the Holy Spirit.
For many peace is nothing more than the absence of conflict yet the reality of Peace is that it doesn’t take anything from what we experience instead it adds to our experiences the presence of the Divine. Peace does not remove conflict it simply renders it powerless and through the presence of the Holy Spirit transforms it into a relationship building experience.
This morning I am reminded of the times I’ve prayed, “Jesus, take me away from this conflict.” And in response Jesus has answered, “Gary, instead of taking it away let’s use it to deepen our relationship you’ll like that better.”
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him, and he helps me. I am very happy, and I praise him with my song.” (Psalm 28:7, NCV)
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