What are murmurs of peace, and how can we hear them throughout our days? We each may have different experiences that wake up certain memories of times we felt calm and peaceful. But the connecting cord that binds us is the Holy Spirit, who Jesus sent to be our Comforter and Guide.
John 14:26 (CSB)
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
I am thankful that God has connected me in person and online with friends who sense that nearness of God to us. Together we encourage one another as we share our collective experiences.
What is Peace?
What is peace? I’m sure everyone has a different idea of peace and how to find it. Here are a few of the definitions given at Rhymezone:
- noun: a treaty to cease hostilitiesExample: “Peace came on November 11th”
- noun: the absence of mental stress or anxiety
- noun: harmonious relations; freedom from disputes
There are cries for peace throughout history, and people have different ways of looking for it. But there is a kind of peace that comes from the Lord that transcends all others. It can be found by putting our trust in our Creator God.
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.
This peace is not imaginary but very real. Sometimes it comes instantly, but often it’s gradually over time as we read the Bible, pray and internalize His Word. Then when hardships come we are more prepared to face them, armed with strength and peace that comes from God.
Murmurs of Peace through Scripture and Experience
I’m thankful for my practice of reading the Psalms every day, meditating on the words as I write them out and composing a haiku. It has given me a strong base to return to when feelings of anxiety or fear try to take over.
I remember who God is, who I am in Him as a beloved child, and I rest in the fact that He knows all and has promised to always be with me. These reminders are like little murmurs of peace.
There is also experience as we see God working in our lives through the years. My husband and I have gone through many hard seasons in our 46 years of marriage. During every trial, God has been at work providing for our needs, sometimes through friends and other circumstances. When I look back over my life, I see that even when I didn’t realize it, God was always sending murmurs of peace.
Peace that Defies Understanding
I have learned that God gives a peace that passes understanding. How else could I be calm and at peace when there is so much chaos around? Yes, we can use deep breathing and relaxing to help our bodies calm down, but God’s peace goes much deeper.
When I meditate on His word and think about all He has done in the past, I remember that He is in control. No one can thwart His purposes, but He can change our directions when we go against His will.
Rather than feeling helpless, I find it comforting when I acknowledge that everything is under God’s control. It’s not up to me to fix things.
We only see a small part of life, but God sees the whole picture. What we think might be the answer may not be the same as God’s, but His is always right.
When we make time to really get to know God and have a relationship with Him, we learn to see glimpses of light and hope unexpectedly at times. All those glimpses are like murmurs that remind us of His Presence and His love.
Murmurs of Peace in Nature
Going out in nature always reminds me of how great God is and how small I am. But in that, I am reminded that He is all powerful yet is full of love for His creation, especially His people. I took this photo of the sunrise the other day, and then used it as a photo prompt for a poem I wrote yesterday.
Murmurs of Peace
I watch the sun climb
as growing tendrils of light
shine vividly bright
I breathe in fresh air
as poetry covers earth
with murmurs of peace
What about you? Where do you find murmurs of peace throughout your days? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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