Where do you picture yourself when you picture yourself at total peace? Is there anywhere you can go where you know beyond a shadow of a doubt God is right there with you? Where He wraps you up tight and gives you a big hug of peacefulness? Where for a brief of time all is right and good?
I grew up near the SC coastline listening to soft breaking waves, the lonesome cry of seagulls, and the crispness of sea oats scraping against each other. Those images and memories continue to speak the gift of peace and God’s presence to me. If I were to do yoga and structured meditation (which I unfortunately don’t), I suspect I would do it picturing myself there with those same coastal sounds. Oh… that feeling of totally being in the presence of God, where the daily cares fly away like the pelicans! I love it!
On WMHK earlier this month, someone described that his moments of peacefulness came when it snowed. It’s that moment when he walked outside in freshly fallen snow and all he could hear was the ever so light tapping of the snow against the branches and the gentle crackle of snow under his feet. It’s when everything is pure and fresh and white. I’m sure many of you who grew up in the North can identify with that feeling as well.
Time seems to slow down and become so perfect and so special when our senses taste the serene and peaceful things about our childhood all over again. What are the moments that take you there? Try to take a few minutes out of your busy day to journal about it or just think about those moments that bring you close to the feeling of what heaven must feel like. What are the adjectives you would use? What are the sounds drifting past your ear? What are the smells that linger around you? What sights are there in the distance? It’s like a big hug, isn’t it! After the ice storm of last week, your Father wants to send you that big warm hug today. So close your eyes and just say Ahhhhh…
“They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation and in your perfect righteousness.” –Psalm 89:16
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