In a world of chaos, it is seemingly impossible to find peace. This last month for me has been crazy between balancing work and school, finding a new vehicle, traveling, spending time with family, making new friendships and catching up with old friends, throwing out my back, planning trips, training (kind of) for a half marathon, mildly keeping up with what is going on in the world right now, and much more. There are seasons in life that can be characterized by busyness or chaos, and I’m sure many of you can relate even right now. There are also seasons (hopefully) that can be characterized by peace, rest, and revitalization. However, I think that same peace is attainable even in the crazy seasons of life.
Full disclosure, I am not great at resting or seeking out peace. I like to stay at or beyond full capacity and just keep moving until I inevitably crash. However, seeking out peace is something I long for and see a need for in my life and in the lives of many friends. While taking time out of our busy schedules to rest is certainly an important thing, let’s be honest, it’s not always possible. What I’m learning is that peace involves a redirecting of our mindset. Or at least, that’s a good place to start.
In Luke’s gospel account, he shares Jesus’ words about worry and anxiety. Luke 12:22-26 describes when Jesus says to the crowd following him that they don’t need to worry about what they will eat or what they will wear. Instead, if they look at the ravens or the lilies of the field, even they are taken care of. I always read this and felt that my concerns were being ignored as if they weren’t legitimate. However, instead of making us feel guilty for worrying about whatever we worry about, I think the point of this passage is to remind us of the importance of changing our perspective. Instead of constantly having a running mental list of the twenty-eight hours of work that I need to get done in the next twelve hours, what if I step back and take a moment to breathe and look at the big picture? Instead of thinking so much about me and my concerns, what if I decide to be thankful for all that I do have? Maybe peace isn’t at all about circumstances, but instead about mindset. IC, I want to be more mindful of “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7a, ESV). Can we remind each other to be thankful for all that we do have and encourage each other to seek out peace?