My little 11 month old grandson is a beautiful baby, no bias on my part (smile). He is a mild-mannered, easy-going child. The kind of baby you can love on, and rocky-bye, and snuggle with, and then just toss into bed — and he goes to sleep. That kind of baby. The modern, child-rearing books call him an “angel” baby. I agree.
I have the joy of keeping him two days a week while his Mama works. He has been easy to care for, in part, because he has been such a “sleeper”. He gets up to eat, get changed, see his new world, for about 30 minutes, and then decides to go back to bed.
Don’t we wish we could do that sometimes? Eat, look around a bit, and then go back to our slumber. There are many days when I do not want to see the world we live in. I don’t want to turn on the news. I don’t want to watch any TV dramas. I just want to turn off the television, stay home, and hide.
The world seems to be falling apart around us. It’s hard to listen to the news; to hear all the hatred and destruction. People, everywhere, are searching for answers. There is no hope. There is no peace.
Peace can’t be found in people, places, or things. Hope does not come from material possessions. The world cannot give peace because the world does not possess peace — it is not hers to give. Hope and peace are gifts from God. Perfect, satisfying peace is given through the Spirit of God. He is peace. It is His to give.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
Yesterday my grandson was crawling across my living room floor, and he saw my reflection in the glass on the fireplace. I was actually sitting behind him, holding up his bottle, but he raced anxiously towards that reflection. He was hungry, and he knew Gramma had the bottle. When he reached the fireplace, he stood up and pounded on the glass. He saw what he thought he wanted, but it was only an illusion. He began to cry, finding no comfort in that reflection of his Gramma.
Are we chasing illusions? Are we looking for peace in all the wrong places? Are we seeking hope in things of this world that only promise, but don’t deliver?
Jesus is right beside us. Look to Him for the peace you seek. He is not an illusion.
He is peace.
He is hope.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13