Our mountainside home overlooks beautiful Lake Guntersville. Some mornings, I stand at my back door watching the sun peep over the opposing mountain. Slowly, but surely, that small sliver of light grows into a gigantic orange ball. In no time, the calm waters between us begin to glisten and wink. I’m tempted to wink back. Rarely, does the wind blow strong enough to distort the reflection. Most days, the lake simply mirrors what’s happening above. The sight becomes a holy moment, and I never want to let it go.
I’ve come to know people like our lake. Their light reflects their calm spirits. They keep their composure when the winds blow. Rarely, does their peace get distorted. These are the people who have made things right with their Creator. They know the Light Giver personally, and they are content to let Him shine.
I’ve studied peaceful people, and I’ve noticed some other common traits. Truly peaceful people understand and appreciate abundant grace and mercy. They view trouble as an opportunity for historic victory, rather than a recipe for certain defeat. They don’t run from conflict; they find peaceful solutions. They live to glorify God and not themselves. They smile more, laugh more, and maintain a positive outlook on life. Their peace is genuine, not pretend. Truly peaceful people focus on others without entering into their drama. They don’t worry about the future, and they have made peace with their past. Peaceful people find rest and contentment with who they are and why they are here.
Look at those traits again and compare them with what you know about Jesus. In John 14, just before He was arrested, tried, and crucified, the Prince of Peace told his disciples (and us), “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”(John 14:27, NLT) Reckon why some of us leave our gift unopened for so long?
In Matthew 7:7, Jesus laid out the perfect 3-step process for finding more peace. It’s a simple process that is never easy. First, He said, “Ask, and it will be given to you.” We were never meant to be the superheroes of our own stories. Cry out to God for help. Then, be on the lookout for the loving people He places in your path. They may be His form of rescue!
Next, Jesus said, “Seek, and you will find.” There’s nothing any better than beginning your quest EVERY day in the Word. It truly is the light for our path and a lamp for our feet.
Finally, Jesus said, “Knock, and the door will be opened.” Maybe you have some doors in your life you’ve kept closed for years. God will give you the courage to not only go back and knock on them, but to also step inside. When you do, you will find Jesus there waiting to help you toss out all the things that don’t benefit you. Only then will you have more room for Him!
Ask humbly. Seek passionately. Knock courageously. Then, before you know it, you will become a mirror reflecting the joy and peace of Jesus. And that, my friend, will be a holy moment you can hold on to.
“We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, TPT)