When was the last time you truly felt at peace?
I often find myself distracted by the things around me, like my current struggles or circumstances, and I let them lead me away from the place of worship I should be in. Instead of focusing on God and what He’s done for me, I focus on less important things that not only bring me stress, but also bring me farther from Him. By the end of the day, I feel restless and not at peace. This is because true peace doesn’t come without surrendering our time, our days, our entire lives to Jesus.
It’s so easy to get into a routine where the only surrender we have towards God is found on Sunday mornings during worship. This is not right. What about the other six days of the week? Is God any less faithful or amazing as we go about our work and school and home? If we know that God is worthy of the praise, why do we only give it to Him at church? If we know that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds” (Philippians 4:7), why do we occupy our hearts and minds with everything but Jesus?
A prayer that my grandmother found and had laminated sits on my desk.
“Father, I set myself in agreement that the will of God shall be done today… in my government… in my church… on my job… and within my home and family. You see my written list of things to do. You know the people I am meeting today. Remove those who do not belong on my schedule. I speak to the north, the south, east and west, and call forth from the shadows of my life those You have intended to be linked with me. Father, Your priorities are mine. Your will shall be done. I am led by your peace, filled with your joy and controlled by the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen.”
What if we surrendered our hectic schedules and the plans we’ve made to Him? What if we started off our days asking for His will to be done?
My challenge for you is to find quiet time with God every day despite how busy you think you are. Don’t be afraid to be creative! Watch the sunrise and be amazed at His glory! In your free time, take your Bible down to the pool and read for a bit after a swim. Go for a jog and release those anxieties and worries to Him. When you’re in a rush, sing praises to Him while making breakfast, read your Bible while brushing your teeth, or even pray to Him on your way to work. As you’re sitting at a stoplight, why not meditate on His everlasting love for His creation?
Ask God how you can grow closer to Him this summer. The Lord comes near to those who come near to Him, and I have no doubt that when we start our days off with surrendering to Him and focusing on Him, relaxation and peace will come naturally throughout.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:3-4)