I’m beginning to recognize that I am an instrument of God’s peace, created for worship. An instrument that plays beautiful music is tuned perfectly. For me to be tuned perfectly, I tune my heart to heaven. An out of tune instrument not only grates on our nerves, it messes up the orchestra!
It’s in the secret place, our time alone with God, that we tune our hearts to heaven. For me, it takes setting aside my “list” and allowing God’s Presence to take over my time with Him.
God already knows my “list” stuff and He’s on it. I find that praying my ‘list’ is more like worrying and I lose peace when I focus on stuff instead of on Him.
Somehow, in spending time with God without an agenda, my heart fills with awe and wonder. My day becomes ordered with His Presence. My listening ears are on because I’ve chosen to tune my heart to the heart of my Father God. And His paths are perfect peace.
What usually changes is my perception and heart attitude. Circumstances no longer dictate my emotions. The Prince of Peace is the One in charge of my life.
I think about Mary and her first meeting with the angel and the life-changing news she was given. I can’t imagine getting that kind of news, but I’m pretty sure I’d have a melt-down! Instead of stressing out, she chose wonder and awe. I want my perception of life to be like that – choosing to focus on the good, pure, lovely and praise-worthy things. They are there if I choose to see them.
It may seem simplistic or naïve, but trust in God is our link to peace. My Pastor in Kansas said these wise words, “Peace is not the absence of some thing, it is the presence of some One.”
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
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