“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me,’ and my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.” (Psalm 27:8)
Sarah Young describes God as a “supersaturated cloud, showering Peace into the pool of your mind.” She reminds us that God’s nature is to bless and that our nature is to receive those blessings and grow in Him. Like a seed receives rain and grows into a beautiful flower, we too receive God’s gifts and bloom into the person he created us to be.
“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
Nothing can keep us away from God, and nothing can keep God from fulfilling his purpose in us once we invite him into our lives. But in order to receive His great blessings we must actively seek them, keeping our eyes, ears, and hearts forever open to His will. When we come to God with a thankful heart is when we begin to view our lives differently.
I’ve spent my whole life searching. Searching for a purpose, searching for peace, searching for a friend, searching for anything to make me feel whole. It wasn’t until I found God that I realized it was him I was searching for all along.
“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
Alcohol has always been my way of self-soothing. Of shutting out the noise of the world and escaping into my own dark and lonely abyss. It is in this place where I think I’ll find peace. But the “peace” I think I’m experiencing isn’t peace at all, its numbness. I’m not feeling peace, I’m not feeling anything.
Communion with God changes all that. The peace I experience when I’m in close communion with God is beyond compare. It’s truly amazing and nothing I can ever, or will ever be capable of understanding. He provides a genuine sense of security that can never be taken away from me. With him there is nothing to fear, nothing I can’t share.
God IS peace. And no amount of alcohol will ever be able to replace what I find in Him.
I pray that nothing dampens my search for you, God. Amen.