I was recently asked to explain why I have peace in my life. My first thought was, “How do you know I have peace?” This person seemed to think I had a corner on the market of peace. Maybe it was on special at the local department store. “Buy one get one free --- today only --- stock up on peace.”
Of course, I am exaggerating, but the conversation has made me stop and think. My peace, to whatever extent I have it, really did come as a “buy one get one free” deal. Use see, peace is the by-product of faith. When faith becomes real and strong in the everyday activities of life, peace is the naturally occurring result.
In my book, I Prayed For My Refrigerator…And Other Stories of Faith, (Click here to purchase), I tell many stories where faith was absolutely necessary to bring me through various life situations with a smile on my face. My husband’s life-changing accident, my parent’s divorce, and my story of being bitten by a bat all relay instances where my faith was tested and God’s peace brought me through.
There are few minutes of my day that are not bathed with prayer. I have often commented that my tendency towards accidents has helped push me into prayerful conversation many times a day. (My friend, Leslie, calls me Kamikaze Carol.) When I crank the car, when I walk up and down stairs, when I sit to write, no matter the situation, I consult with God for His direction and guidance.
Am I more peaceful than others in my world? I don’t know. I do know that the only true source of peace is through the Prince of Peace. Come back next week and Listen To My Brain Rattle.