Know God, Know Peace

“Knowing the answer will not give us the peace we want. Knowing the Lord is what will give us peace.”
The Prayer That Changes Everything (pg. 303), by Stormie Omartian

When I was a kid, I always wanted to know what I would be when I grew up. When I was a teenager, I wanted to know when I would get married, when I would be rich, when I would be happy. Whatever the question is – whatever the mystery of life shovels our way – don’t we all just want to know the answer?

Sometimes it is so difficult to walk through each day, unsure of where I will be in five years, or uncertain of how to respond to something that is happening in my life today. I want to get it right. I want to know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing to get where I am supposed to be going.

There are so many unknowns that if I try to figure it all out, I’ll drive myself crazy. It is only when I stop mulling it over, stop thinking it through, and stop considering all my options over and over again that I allow any peace to enter. And, for me, that peace comes in the form of a relationship with my Higher Power, God.

Since I started taking everything to God, laying it all at His feet, and trusting that He will guide me in the direction that is best for the next part of my journey, I have come to know peace. Of course, I still continue to move throughout my life, show up for work, be present with my friends, and live up to my responsibilities. I just don’t sit around and worry about what’s next. I leave it all in God’s very capable hands and do my part by carrying His message through my words and deeds each day, to the best of my ability.

I still don’t know what I will be when I grow up, but I do know God, and that brings me peace.

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