This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
-Jesus (John 14:27)
When we started this week on peace, I found myself wondering what my interactions would look like if I really embraced His peace. Like all the time.
If I’m being honest, I’d say that fear is much more of a natural response for me. I like to think that if I intellectually prepare for what might happen I won’t get caught off guard, but how many times have I missed a moment of loving or praying for someone or just genuinely listening because I’m contingency planning about a “What if…”?
When I take a step back, I am fairly certain that my time is far better spent pursuing Him as compared to relying on my own strength (because that’s really what my “intellectual preparation” is – a fancy way of saying that I like to rely on myself). Yeek.
In those moments of stillness that I’ve taken over the last few days (and, I’ll admit, there haven’t been as many as there should have been), I’ve learned two things of note.
First – when I spend time pursuing Him and digging in, the likelihood of my embracing His peace amidst the curveballs of my day increases immensely. I’m pretty sure that’s not a coincidence.
Secondly – if I find myself slipping into fear and worry, that’s not the time to consider my day a failure and throw in the towel, but instead to go back to prayer and Scripture and worship and actively pursue Him and the peace that only He gives.