peace, not quiet

I occasionally develop this strange notion that life will one day slow down. Not to say that I am overwhelmed or that my priorities are out of balance or that I am without rest. It’s just that life is, well, living. And for some reason, despite many years as an independent adult, I keep thinking I just might one day return to my childlike state of pressure-free bliss. This is, of course, absurd and happens more on a subconscious level. Consciously, I am aware that life is living and the clock ticks on.

So what does my heart seek? Do I truly want to return to a state of no worries? No, because with the cares of life comes much contentment in knowing that I have a purpose and do not merely exist. I think if you too have ever found yourself wondering what it is you are seeking, we essentially want peace, not quiet.  At least not the quiet that comes with a meaningless existence.

You have a purpose. Your purpose is likely different than mine. You may be a wife, a mother, a Sunday school teacher; but whatever it may be, it is inevitably not a quiet existence… at least not often. So how do you find peace amidst the hustle and bustle of life?

Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Complete and incomparable peace is found in a life directed by the Holy Spirit, in a heart fixed on Jesus.