Isaiah 26:3 & 9
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early:
As I stand and look out across the green grass of my backyard to the garden in the distance, my mind travels back in time to when I was a child who came with my mother to visit my uncle who lived on this same land I now call home. In my mind I can still see the shady lane that led to this quiet place in the middle of the woods, and the split rail fence that surrounded the yard and garden. As I stare at the lengthening shadows on the grass made by the towering trees from across the lane, I can still feel those same emotions I felt as a child; feelings of peace and contentment only a child feels when they are surrounded by those who love and protect them.
I am no longer that young child now, my body is aging but my spirit is still young just as I was all those summers ago. As I stand here in this quiet place the cooing of doves can still be heard in the wooded hollow past my home; their peaceful sound always remind me of my childhood years; and of the peace and love our Lord, Jesus Christ, so freely gives me when I let go of this world and come into complete communion with Him.
When I come into communion with the Lord, I feel His peaceful presence surrounding me and I can only imagine how my body will feel when it is set free from the curse of aging and death to be forever transformed by Christ into that new and glorious body He promised to those who love and follow Him. Yes, in His presence I find peace and for that I am so forever thankful.
I encourage you, my friends, to slip away each day to a quiet peaceful place and allow the Lord to fill you with His peace and contentment. I promise you there is nothing in this world that will ever compare to it.