When you wake up in the morning, in that moment before you have pushed the covers back, before the cold reality of a brisk tile floor has met your feet, before you have stood in the warmth of a shower with your eyes closed enjoying a moment of solitude, before the worries, the cares, the concerns, and the plans for the day come flooding in to fill your thoughts with everything you are going to be involved in that day — before everything — right as you are thinking about opening your eyes, there is a moment of peace in which the plans and the purposes of that particular day will be planted.
Even in the most stressful times when fear and doubt and anxiety crowd every waking moment, in the break of dawn there is that quiet moment when your life is not about you or your plans or your problems or your life, it’s simply about peace.
Every morning peace beckons. Every day you are given the opportunity to plant your feet firmly upon the foundation of peace and stay the course through whatever storms may arise that day so that when you put your head to rest on the pillow that night, you feel the day has been complete, fulfilled, and overflowing with that moment of peace that God gives you every time the sun rises.
Sometimes it can seem like peace is elusive. That fleeting moment goes unnoticed as you bustle from the comfort of your bed clothes at the beckoning call of a squawking alarm. The gift of a new day passing unnoticed as the cereal hits the bowl and the kids rush to catch the morning bus. The beauty of a new beginning and the calm of the presence of God touching gently the mind of the one He created overlooked and under appreciated as the supposed importance of your cares and sorrows swoop in to captivate your imagination and the day carries on as if that fleeting moment of sustenance was just that, a moment.
Tomorrow morning, before you open your eyes, before you think of your first reminder, or run down your list of to-dos, before you hit your alarm or push back the covers, receive that moment of peace that God has given you to start the new day.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,'” – Jeremiah 29 (NLT)
The power of actual peace is the fact that it is not compromised by circumstance or situation, it is not the result of things going your way or not having a care in the world.
The power of actual peace is the presence of God eternal, infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, loving, merciful, caring, considerate, thoughtful, passionate, committed, and perfect.
Peace does not come from without, but from within — from the heart of God reaching out to give you life.
Peace does not come as the result of success, but as the precursor, leading the way to every good thing and every blessing that God has in store for you.
Peace is the ground in which the seeds of God’s favor are planted, nurtured, come to fruition, and are harvested.
When people say that someone has that certain intangible “je ne sais quoi” — that somehow they always seem to be in the right place at the right time, that things always seem to go their way, and that things seem to come so effortlessly for them. What they are observing is the actual power of peace.
I remember when I was in the Boy Scouts growing up a group of us took a first aid class together. Now, there were many lessons to be learned — how to apply direct pressure to a wound to stop bleeding, how to perform CPR, how to splint a broken bone, and treat for shock, and so much more. But there was one common theme that ran throughout the entire class. No matter the malady or injury, no matter the challenge or hurt, as a Boy Scout on the scene with the know how and the willingness to make a difference the first step in every treatment was the same for the care giver, “Remain calm” or, as we liked to say with great enthusiasm as the answer to just about any question from the instructor no matter the topic, when it comes to first aid, “Be calm, be calm!”
You aren’t going to be any good at performing the Heimlich maneuver to save the choking diner if you are screaming and clutching for the table cloth.
You aren’t going to be able to respond quickly and efficiently if you let yourself get caught up in the shock and horror of the injury or the blinding pain the injured person is going through.
The first thing you need to do if you are going to be an effective first responder is remain calm — that is the power of peace.
So, no matter where you find yourself today. No matter what is coming against you. No matter what challenges, injuries, or hurts have come before. When you wake up tomorrow morning, receive that moment of peace and let it carry you further into your day tomorrow than it did today.
Every day, when you wake up, enjoy that momentary intimacy with your creator, that still small voice, that quiet caress of the hand of God, that connection and power for peace that readies you for a new day.
Grasp it. Hold it. Explore it. Expand it. Embrace it. Empower it. And thank God for it.
But most of all, Enjoy it.
God has good plans for you today. There are blessings on the way. The seeds of God’s favor are already headed in your direction. The power of God’s goodness is already flowing over your life, your health, your finances, your business, your relationships — into every nook and cranny, every detail and every aspect, God is coming to show you His power and His grace, all you have to do is recognize that when He says,
“Behold I stand at the door and knock.” – Revelation 3 (NLT)
the door that you must open to let God into your life, is the doorway of peace.
The actual power of peace is infinite not because peace is the goal or the target, but because peace is the gateway and the means to receive everything else that God has in store for you.
“Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends. I will invite everyone who is victorious to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” – Revelation 3 (NLT)