Sitting in my backyard gazebo – a favorite place to visit with the Lord – my Father answered my immediate need.
Trying circumstances had been piling up, as they have a tendency to do on some days.
I sat still, remembering the scripture, “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Resting in the Lord, I was reminded of all the times my Father has asked me if I trusted Him, and I’d really been praying and trying to trust His perfect will in all situations. I asked for His help to trust Him more fully.
Continuing to be still, I asked Him to talk with me, to show me how to take one step at a time, especially when I was unaware of the obstacles along the way and totally unsure of the path I was following. I just knew, with God’s grace and strength, I would continue to put one step in front of the other and rely totally on His divine guidance.
Again, I asked Him, “Please, a word from You, Lord – something I can hold on to…”
I looked around me and became aware of several beautiful birds visiting our yard, a couple of plants with flowers blooming a vivid pink, and the smell and feel of springtime in the air. I have so much to be thankful for and I praised Him for it, as I continued to listen closely for His whisper.
As always, God did not fail me.
His words were, “Peace give I to you, not as the world gives, give I to you.” With my Father’s promise, I experienced the peace He spoke of. None of the circumstances had immediately changed, but my understanding of His loving concern and His promise of peace settled deeply into my soul. I thanked Him, as I realized the gift was being handed to me and my next step was to accept it and to rely on my Heavenly Father’s promise to surround me with His peace during trying times.
So, today, I wanted to share this scripture and affirm, once again, that our God knows our needs and never fails us. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27