“Peace. Be still” (Mark 4:39).
For many people, and for many reasons, it’s all they can do to find the strength to deal with the current wave of anxiety before the next one crashes down. You can’t control anyone’s behavior, but you can quiet those waves. You have the authority and ability to do that with Jesus. He’s inviting you right now to look at all that’s overwhelming you and breathe out, “Peace—be still.”
In the Bible, part of peace’s definition is, “nothing missing, and nothing broken.” It doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen, but it does mean you get to live in God’s grace and strength no matter what it is. Peace means you can experience who he wants to be for you right now through all of this, and be empowered to become all he sees in you.
Take a deep breath. Take another. Allow his waves of grace, strength, and love to wash over your heart and mind. Bless your life, your relationships, and all your circumstances with his nothing missing, nothing broken peace.
Declare it out loud over yourself, over your thoughts and emotions. Speak it as a blessing over your family and relationships. Say it again, not as a wish or a plea, but as an affirmation of the reality created by God’s presence in your life. Peace isn’t a religious placebo, it’s genuine joy, confidence, and rest in God. Peace is a fruit of his Spirit, a fruit which renews an exhausted mind, and restores a broken heart.
Say it once more: “Peace.” It’s who you are, and how you get to live. This day does not get to control you or diminish who you are. You are God’s child—peaceful, joyful, and powerful. The things that could go wrong are nothing compared with the things that will go right in agreeing with what God says is possible in his peace in his peace.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are resting on you” (Isaiah 26:3).