He left peace…

I want to go where peace lives

Where hope dreams

Where joy speaks

I want to go where love gives

Where faith breathes

Where truth sees

In that place
In that place

You set me free

In that place
In that place

You died for me

In that place
In that place

Your peace holds me.

I remember writing this a long time ago when I was in such a place of anxiety..desiring God’s peace. I wanted…craved…needed- Peace…peace of mind, peace of spirit, peace in my body, peace of knowing, peace of being…truly held in the arms of the one who had set me free…I wanted to live in that place that He had given to me…

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

He left us peace…He gave us peace…left it for us when He died…when He overcame all that takes away peace…He left it behind for He knew we would need it in this foreign land where we roam about until we meet heavens gaze.

We have this peace…within…yet so many things around us compete for that peace. He left peace for me…accessible peace to replace chaos and yet like a gift dropped upon the doorstep of my heart I walk past it…I overlook it…I look around it…I look under it…I gaze above it. I use to fight for it, strive for it, vie for it’s attention…peace…it was like a balloon floating through the clouds.. I would jump and reach only to have it float away…the string felt to short for me to behold…not because I didn’t want it but because <strong>I didn’t understand how it wasn’t about me grasping for it but more allowing it to grab hold of me…

Have you ever been held by peace? I mean really…held.

It’s grip whispers something far different from any words spoken…

it’s song more beautiful than any familiar melodies we’ve sung…

its air tastes sweeter than any other we have breathed into our lungs…peace speaks, sings and breathes into those places yet to be seen…those places known only from one who knows the places we have yet to search ourselves. It lands on the places we are afraid to admit are really there…it gives calm to the questions..

What if I am not enough… and answers with – I am

What if I can’t get through this.. and answers with – I will

This is bigger than me…and answers with – I’m greater

I feel so alone… and answers with – I’m here

I feel hidden… and answers with – I see you

I have many things on my heart today…many people on my heart…many unknowns in my heart that are shouting above that quiet peace…I’m sure you have those moments too.

Those fears.

That thing that won’t go away.

That place that you didn’t think you’d be in.

That reminder that you aren’t in control.

That reminder that this world is scary.

That reminder that people will hurt you.

That reminder that people will let you down.

That reminder that you’ve come so far and yet are still not there yet.

That reminder that you will have more mountains to climb, more rivers to cross..more valleys to walk through.

Yeah…all of those places..and more try to thread doubt..and fear in place of peace.

And its here when we are faced with those things….this is where Gods peace breaks through and says

No to the questions…no to the fears…

and yes to this…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7

No to the doubts…

and yes to this…

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

No to whatever this uncertain temporary place brings

and yes to this…

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

That one…yeah…that is the one that breaks through it all. The one who overcame the world overcomes those things that overcome us…those things that try to break us….those things that try to take us…and then we allow His truth to embrace us…

yeah – He’s peace giver…Prince of Peace… of my heart…that is where I’ll live…where peace lives within me.