The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Searching for peace?


We are built to seek a place of balance, of homeostasis. We cannot live in chaos forever; we eventually find ourselves looking for calm, for peace. This is human cry is not a new yearning. The people of Isaiah’s day were undergoing a devastating experience of disruption as their lives were uprooted and they were hauled off to a foreign land. In the middle of this mess, the prophet, Isaiah, writes a number of psalms of praise. In the middle of the second psalm, he pens these words of peace:

“You (God) will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:4)

There are two conditions for the promise of peace: a steadfast mind and trusting God. If anything that major disruptions do this: they destabilize our minds and we are filled with confusion or cognitive disruption: the world does not make sense. Regaining a steady mind in the middle of such disruption is key to finding peace. How is a steady mind found? In taking our eyes off the confusion around us and lift them up to see God. We throw ourselves onto the God who is greater than our circumstances. Our world has nothing to offer us; God is our sure Rock in the storms of life. – Ron Friesen

1 comment:

  1. Ron,
    I am over at www.onedrunkenoldsergeant.blogspot.com.

    Please follow me there.

    I am reading a book about the Sistine Chapel and have some strange terms - early Jewish - that I may ask you about.

    Doing fine - six more radiation treatments and I am done.


    Sarge

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