Experiencing Real Peace
By Tammye Hamilton
“Mam! Mam!” The TSA agent shouted at me from the other side of the crazy crowded security area at the Orlando airport. “Mam!”, called the deep voice of another agent behind me, each one wanting me to follow them in opposite directions.
As I quickly grabbed my purse from its second trip through the scanner, I exclaimed under my breath to the sympathetic flight attendant waiting behind me. She quietly replied, “I know. Try to stay calm.”
After having everything searched repeatedly, I gathered up our things, along with my bewildered mother, and headed for the gate. We were both pretty shaken by such a stressful experience.
Life can be so chaotic and overwhelming. Grasping at peace and calm is often frustrating. This year I have been learning how to actively pursue peace.
I have learned that I can’t wait for calm to experience peace. That’s just not realistic in our world. We have to live here, in the messiness that is life. The unpredictability of relationships and responsibilities keep us all on our toes. We never know what is just around the corner.
In the reality of our uncertain lives, we actually can have peace.
I love the story of Jesus sleeping in the boat while the disciples were fearing for their lives in the face of a deadly storm. They woke Him asking why He didn’t care that they were about to die. Here’s the thing, Jesus was with them in the boat. His presence is what mattered, not their circumstances.
Elisabeth Elliot, who experienced more than her share of life’s storms, wrote, “Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”
Isaiah 26:3 says,“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
Jesus told His disciples in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
As we remind ourselves that He is with us, we can walk in supernatural peace, no matter how chaotic life feels. He promised us peace.