Peace Like a River

I was driving the kids to school yesterday morning and we were listening to a kid's CD with some "oldies" on it and "Peace Like a River" came on. For the first time I was struck by the idea of God's peace in my life being a BIG river. I pictured a rushing torrent that pours through my life, cleaning out the debris that gathers around the edges and in the corners of my soul. I have been thinking about that ever since. It's not that there are not things to worry about, or be concerned with. It's that God's peace can be powerful enough to overwhelm those things and wash them away. It's almost unfathomable to me.

Why? Because I admit that often, my "river of peace" looks more like this:

Even when there is not a huge crisis brewing, or storm clouds looming over my head, I can feel vaguely unsettled around the edges. Sometimes I feel a nagging sense of unease. I could be a professional worrier without too much trouble. The verse in Matthew 6 that says "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" can be a big challenge for me.
Jesus made it clear that His peace is not the kind of peace we have come to expect. "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 I am praying that somehow I will learn to let God's peace truly be a river in my life. Not a bog, or a brackish swamp, but a glorious, thundering current that I cannot even hope to resist.


Anskov said...

Heather, I'd never thought of it that way either. I actually find the swift current of rivers a bit frightening. But then I thought that the river itself is peaceful (even if I were screaming in a canoe as I paddled down it). The sound of the rush of powerful rivers is very peaceful to me. There is a fresh, clean aspect to the constant surge and splash. Joy like a fountain and love like an ocean were always easier for me to grasp. Thanks for giving me something to think about.

P.S. Now how about a new post, Junebug?

Heather said...

Matty! Yeah, white water totally freaks me out. But I didn't say we had to ride on top of it :) I'm glad you have food for thought now (other than bread!)

I know, I know, but dude, I'm a busy woman! You have no idea how many hats I wear. Plus I've been sick. And off yesterday and today :) I promise I'll write this week though. Maybe I'll take a page from your book and just post photos :)