Monday, April 29, 2013

Peace like a river?

I just got back from spending a week at the Convoy of Hope feeding program in Tanzania. I hit the one month mark while I was there. Has it really been a month already?!

Can I be transparent with you? The downside to being here alone is not having anyone to process things with. I am forced to be alone with my thoughts and ideas. The upside is that my prayer life has really improved. I think I'm better understanding the "pray continuously" verse in the Bible, ha! I have to depend on God to help think through all that I am experiencing here. It's a lot! A load that God is more than able to bear for me and with me.

My first day at the feeding program I was shown a nearby river. So, naturally, the next morning I went down there to pray, think, clear my head.

As I sat less than two feet from the water an old hymn came to mind. "When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul."

I watched the river to try to understand what makes a river so peaceful. Here is what I observed...
*Despite the many obstacles-trees, boulders/rocks, plants, land- it continues forward.
*The river doesn't know what lies ahead yet it surges forward, trusting the path.
*The plants and trees that are in and around it are lush and full of life.
*If you get lost (in the woods, hiking) the sound of a river gives you hope. There is life- food and water- nearby.
*Sometimes the river is gentle. Sometimes it is powerful.
*Through persistence the river can wear down/through the rocks that are in the way.

So it is with the peace of God. I have experienced many a breakthrough because of God's persistent peace. Trusting the path God has in front of me has brought me to Tanzania. If I ever stray, His peace draws me back to him. I have felt his soft gentle peace and his mighty rushing peace.

If you are facing a tough situation continue forward trusting the path. If you don't yet know the peace of God all you have to do is ask him for it. He will never ever run out and will never ever withhold his peace from a sincere heart.