Can you hear it now? That song you probably sang a hundred times in Sunday school growing up? “I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul!”
In this season, I’ve been learning a lot about peace. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I follow peace. Peace guides my decisions in life. I will not move forward in something if I don’t have peace about it. Peace guides my heart in the good and bad times. I can overcome anything in life as long as peace resides in my heart. I’m not talking about the kind of peace that just makes you feel good, calm, and serene in the moment. I’m talking about the kind of peace that settles your heart. The kind of peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). The kind of peace that’s like a river. Think about this… A river flows. It flows and it flows and it flows. On the brightest of days, it flows gently and calmly. It trickles down, taking its form through the bank and around the rocks. And in the midst of the loudest, darkest thunderstorm, the water level rises, and the river flows forcefully and violently. It rushes down, swiftly snatching and carrying anything in its way. It overflows and surpasses the border of the bank. Whatever weather may come, the river keeps flowing.
Just as a river flows, so does peace, and we have access to this peace when everything is going right in our life and when everything has gone to hell, because peace is a person, and that person is Jesus. To cut to the chase, the blood of Jesus paid for my heart to be settled in every season and every circumstance, and He paid for your heart to be settled too. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that peace will fix all your problems and make the pain and fear go away. But in the midst of a drought, the river still exists, and in the midst of the greatest storm, the river still exists. The driest drought cannot withdraw every droplet of water that’s beneath the ground. And the heaviest storm certainly cannot take out a river. In fact, it only increases its volume. Peace and pain can coexist. Peace and fear can coexist. Peace and confusion can coexist. I can experience pain, fear, and confusion, but because of peace— because of Jesus—those things will not consume me. They won’t overtake me. They won’t rule my heart. They won’t convince me that God isn’t good or that He doesn’t have great plans for me. And I could even argue that as the storms of life grow, peace grows even stronger, simply because that’s how Jesus works. He draws near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). He’s our refuge and strength, and an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
In this season of my life, I’m clinging to peace for dear life. I’m holding onto it with everything in me. I’m believing for a miracle that often looks far off, distant, and unreachable. I’m believing for breakthrough in an area of my life that sometimes feels dark and lonely. But I don’t live in that state. I don’t reside there. I’m not consumed by it, because I have peace. I may not understand what God is doing or where He’s taking me, but I have perfect peace that not only surpasses understanding, it surpasses my need to understand. Do I want to understand? Sure, I do. I’m human. My flesh wants to control and figure everything out for myself. But my heart and my spirit are settled in Jesus, and I don’t need to understand, because I’m filled with peace. I’m peace–full. Peaceful. I have peace like a river in my soul.
I hope and pray that this post leads you to step into peace. It’s yours for the taking, no matter what weather or season you’re in. Thanks for reading!
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