It has now been six months since we started our hope adventure. In the first six months I explored a great deal about Hope’s qualities and what it means to lead a hopeful life. I am going to examine some other aspects of Hope over the remaining six months of the year, for example; qualities which complement hope.
So today I want to look at a close relative of Hope, Peace. I view them as sisters, because I feel having a hopeful perspective brings Peace into our lives. As you know I write about Hope as if she was a person. I find this a helpful way of looking at life. There is a wonderful book called ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, which had a huge influence upon me as a child. I think this has influenced the way I see Hope and other qualities.
So let’s take a look at Peace. Feeling peaceful is possible, even in the midst of a pandemic and the turmoil this creates. I know this to be true.
Fo those of you who may be on a journey with God, there are some wonderful verses in the bible about peace:
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 minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7).
The bible has many treasures in it. Even for readers who may not have a personal faith, it is beautiful. There are proverbs, lessons for life and epic tales of men and women who performed amazing feats and also some who failed. Aned of course there is much about Jesus who gave His life to save us all from our sins and who offers us all the gift of eternal life.
Wiersbe’s lovely book ‘With The Word’ (1982 ed.) gives some wonderful insights regarding peace. It states: “The peace of God” is not the absence of problems;it is the presence of divine sufficiency in the midst of problems” (p,468).
Today’s recipe of hope is to reflect on peace. If you are feeling churned up inside, take some time to find peace today. Sit quietly, walk, lie down. Practice being still. You may like to read; the bible, a poem, say a prayer. In the quietness allow time for reflection and let your own thoughts speak to you.
May you all know a peaceful day X
Bunyan, J. (1967). The pilgrim’s progress. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub. House.
Scripture references taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (2001 ed.) Used by permission of Hodder & Stoughton: London.
Wiersbe, Warren, W. (1982 ed.) With the Word. Tennessee:Oliver-Nelson.