i needed to hear this

There are times when our
peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life,
inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When Our Lord
speaks peace, He makes peace, His words are ever “spirit and life.” Have
I ever received what Jesus speaks? “My peace I give unto you”
it is a peace which comes from looking into His face and realizing His
undisturbedness.

Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves
and billows of God’s providential permission, and having, as it were,
turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well
of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the
undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that
you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to
Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind
anywhere but on yourself. If you allow anything to hide the face of
Jesus Christ from you, you are either disturbed or you have a false
security.

Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that
is pressing and receiving from Him peace? If so, He will be a gracious
benediction of peace in and through you. But if you try to worry it
out, you obliterate Him and deserve all you get. We get disturbed
because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus
Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only
concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him, and in the face
of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say, “Let not your
heart be troubled.”

-o. chambers

i have felt, of late, fairly lonely. i am the only one of my friends right now that does not have someone i graduated with or was freinds within a half an hour of my house (aaron eller is here for a little bit, but who knows how long he’ll be here in erie before he starts his new phase of life). the lonliness and frustrations of transition are inevitable. the frustrating thing for me right now is that while everyone else was in the throes of getting used to graduation, i was safely in new staff training respite. now it’s my turn to try to get used to all of this, and friends don’t quite understand why i’d feel like in august – after all, i’ve been graduated since may. and that’s okay, it’s what i have to deal with. however, this was a very encouraging devotional, not in the “everything is okay” way, but rather in the “here’s the answer if you have nerve to try it”, and sometimes that’s the most benefical answer.

i struggle with lonliness more so than many people, mostly because i am a major people person. i find my energy when immersed in many people. when i choose to be alone, it’s energizing as well, but when it’s thrust upon me, then i feel sad. but in all times, whether happy, sad, in between, my lack of peace is becuase i’m so concerned about me, and not striving to find God’s peace. it’s an intersting mental juxtapose.

anyway, i felt the need to write. i might go to the mall to walk around, might watch a movie, i don’t know. but i am going to try to find my peace in Christ and his perfection, and not the percieved lack of perfection of my own circumstances. because something makes me think that if i focus on Christ, things will look much more right.

peace and love, all

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