The Battle for Peace
By Hally Franz –
As I observed my daughter and nephew molding the wet Atlantic sand of a Florida beach, I felt something rare and wonderful. These two sand-lovers dug holes that quickly collapsed when water broke through their gritty walls, and they erected castles that were as much fun to tear down as they were to create. Simultaneously, my mother, brother, and husband sat reading and stopping occasionally to gaze at the ocean, a special treat for folks from The Show-Me State. The adventurers: my son, niece, stepfather, sister and brother-in-law fought the waves with boogie boards and laughter. The eleven of us were scattered about on the beach—each in our glory on this recent vacation day.
I sat flat on the sand next to the little ones, unconcerned about what a mess my swimsuit would be as I savored the feel of the wet sand seeping through my fingers with each fistful I scooped up. Watching my family share this time together in this wonderful setting was awesome. Even more awesome was the feeling of total, unrestricted peace. That’s big.
Peace in that moment meant a complete absence of anxiety, of thoughts racing through my brain at Daytona 500 speed, and of any care about what the next hour, day or week might bring. Moments like that have been hard to come by for me. A natural worrier, coming to a place in my life where times like that happen has been a challenge, as I am sure it is for lots of busy people in our world today. Prayer, lifestyle changes and exercise have helped me tremendously.
As I sifted sand, my thoughts were simple. I thanked God for the utter joy of that day, I acknowledged the multitude of blessings that He has given me, and I recognized that no matter what might happen from then on, I was blessed to have that time. Peace is a gift that God wants us to experience regularly in ordinary and exceptional settings. While sometimes we face challenges in that area, God is on our side, and He wants us to find that perfect peace.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to be ever mindful of Your faithfulness and caring hand so that I may live each day in the peace that comes with knowing and trusting You.
“Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (Psalm 119:165, KJV).
Today’s devotion is by Hally Franz. Hally is a former teacher and high school guidance counselor, turned homemaker. She enjoys volunteering at her childrens’ school, teaching at her home church, leading projects in 4-H, writing, reading, scrapbooking, and rousing (though, sometimes, not pretty) zumba classes.