Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Tuesday to you all! So how are you doing today? I pray that you’re doing well…and that you will always know in your heart that God loves you…and longs so much to care for you…Amen!!
As I look outside my office window this morning, there seems to be so much peace…praise God! No matter what is happening in this world right now, I feel as if I am in a world of my own with God. The squirrels are foraging for food and the birds have been flying in for seed…with what seems to be a joyful heart.
You know…many times, we can become so caught up in what is happening around us; that we forget that there is a place where God can take us away from all the chaos of life…a place where we can leave everything behind, to sit in His loving presence and find peace.
As I’ve been sitting here…thinking on the peace that God has brought to my heart right now; He began to lead me to a Bible verse in Psalm 34:14 and we read…“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
I wonder how many times we miss out on God’s perfect peace…only because we are seeking every detail of a problem…or even what may be happening around us. One thing that God has taught me over time; is that whatever we pursue…that is also what we will experience. In other words…if we are so caught up in what is happening to us at the time; then we just might find ourselves being led down unknown paths of hopelessness and discouragement.
You know…I remember a time in my life, when I was so overwhelmed by surgeries…pain and counseling; that before I realized it, I found myself caught up in these moments…to the place where God got left behind. Many times I begged God to bring peace; but now as I look back on those moments, I realize that I never received peace; because what I was asking for was only for a moment in time. In other words…I would ask for God’s peace…only to return back to the wallowing hole of despair. Now if we were to stop and think on this…what kind of a message is this going to relay to God?
One thing I can say with all my heart; is that the painful moments of the past has turned me into one that pursues, until she finds what she is looking for, which has greatly affected my life and brought an inner peace that I never thought that I could ever experience.
We must remember that the desire of our heart shouldn’t be something that quickly fizzles away; but rather, a true desire goes after what that heart longs for, until that desire can be found. For example…if you had a desire to grab your keys and go for a drive but yet you misplaced your keys; would that stop you from going for that drive? I would say that if you truly desired to go for that ride in your car; then you would look and pursue, until the keys had been found. In a similar way…if we have a desire to experience God’s perfect peace; then I would think that we would pursue that peace until we find it. I don’t know about you; but personally, I would rather pursue something that could make life seem better, rather than going back to where I once was…to experience something that would only drag me further down and make life seem even more hopeless.
You know…I think that so many times we want the easy life…and let’s face it…that’s probably all we long for, when we are hurting so deeply; but in order to walk away from these terrible and trying times; we must truly show God the desire of our hearts…and meet Him at a place…where together, we can experience something better than what we may be facing at the time.
As we close…let’s remember one thing…words of prayer can’t work alone; for they need wings that can transport them into the presence of this loving and powerful God…and how can our words take flight…when they are accompanied by a heart that pursues and pursues. So remember one thing today…don’t just speak the desire of your heart; but go after it, until you are taken to a place, where God truly leads you to the desire of your heart…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…see ya soon! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain