Someone recently asked me, “Do you think peace finds you or do you find peace?” I thought for a while on this one. God reminded me of a situation that happened about a year ago.
I received a phone call one day from a close family friend. I answered the phone and immediately heard her crying. My heart dropped. I didn’t know what I was about to hear and if this call was going to change my life forever. I started silently praying, “Jesus, give me the right words. Tell me what you want me to say to her!” I started reminding her of God’s promises. I told her about God’s goodness and brought to remembrance all the miracles that have taken place in her life. I asked her to recall all the amazing things God has blessed her with. I started sowing peace into her situation. She calmed down IMMEDIATELY. She felt the presence of God, was reminded of His goodness, and became peaceful and hopeful again. I later learned one of our loved ones had been taken to the hospital and, thankfully, that person is healthy and whole today.
But what happened during that phone call? God told me to sow peace!
James 3:18 says, “And those who are peacemakers, will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” We learn in Isaiah (32:7) that “the fruit of righteousness will be peace, its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.” It’s a cycle! It’s seed, time and harvest! What if we all got involved in this cycle where we could literally plant seeds of peace into other people’s lives and in turn, they’d be planting seeds of peace in our lives? We could change the course of their day, their week, their month. Planting peace increases their faith and their hope.
Jesus talks about peace in the Beatitudes. In the Matthew 5:9 Jesus says, “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”
I think it’s so gracious that He says “work for peace” not necessarily “always have peace.“
It gives me a little more grace when my faith isn’t as strong as it should be. Peace is attainable! How? And how do we help others get it too? With loving words, full of God’s promises and goodness. I often just ask for God to give them (or me) peace and then for a few seconds, we just breath and let the seeds take root.
Peace isn’t a word that I hear our society using very much anymore but it is so vital in our walk with God. Peace is a sign of genuine faith that God will take care of you no matter what is going on in your life. When peace enters, anxiety leaves. When peace comes, rest soon follows. When peace overtakes, hope begins again.
Who can you plant seeds of peace for today?
Pastor Kristen Barber