The day is blurry, the path before me a hazy white that blends into the morning sky, and I gingerly place one foot in front of the other, hoping I’m stepping on solid ground.
I recognize this path, having walked it before, but the surroundings have changed–I have changed–and I continue on, holding my hood close to my face, protecting my skin from the bitter cold. I know I wasn’t promised a journey without pain. I know I wasn’t promised a journey without tears, and I fight the gnawing in my belly that tells me to give in to the anxiety that would have me turn back the other way.
And while I want to see the end of the road, the stark white on white allows me only to see that which is right before me. So I take a step.
With each step, I question the direction I am headed. Uncertain, I clutch the mustard seed in my hand a little tighter and watch as my feet hit the ground before me.
It’s only a mustard seed, but it is enough. For I know now that when I whisper to Him in the dark of night, frightened by the unknown that surrounds me, He gently touches my cheek. And when I continue to journey along the path, unable to see more than a few steps ahead, He lifts me over the roots and the mire that would entangle and snare.
I don’t have to see the end. I don’t have to understand the journey. But I have to take Him with me, for the uncertainty is too great, too overwhelming, to continue on without a guide.
So I call to Him earlier now. I no longer want to lead where I am not familiar, and He graciously makes straight my path. And while I still cannot see the end, I am eager to follow, for there is a break in the alabaster clouds, a sliver of light ahead.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
How has the Lord shown you His peace? Leave a comment, or link your own post below!
11 thoughts on “Peace”
This is so beautiful and hopeful, Jennifer. My favorite line is this one: "for there is a break in the alabaster clouds, a sliver of light ahead." What a lovely vision!
Thank you, Michelle. I had a tough time writing this one, so I appreciate the compliment. And thank you, again, for sharing your post! As you always, your words and pictures captured perfectly the feeling you were trying to describe.
Beautifully written Jennifer and the pictures are perfect. This and your Joy blog last week were very inspirational.
Absolutely beautiful and consoling . Your pictures are perfect with your words. This blog is Spirit breathed and so lovely. One of your best ever. You are right on that God is our tour guide in life , and without Him we are lost. I like how i can click on your underlined words and it takes me to the verse.
Great post, Jen!!
I did it Jen!! Thanks for the encouragement!
You did a great job! Thank you so much for sharing with us today. I can completely relate with you on the elusiveness of peace in the little things. I'm thankful God is patient with us! 🙂
Absolutely wonderful! What a treasure to read and share, I can feel His anointing on your life through the words of your heart.
My daugher;, you just keep getting better and better with each blog. God is certainly inspiriing you and
God gave you a tour of His beauty, what he has created, right in your own back yard.. They say a journey begins with the first step. My daughter, I feel you arrived at a new destination in your life in the field of journalism. Your eyes capture the beauty around you, whether it's your surroundings, your children (my grandkids), or God's word in the Bible or whispered in your ear and heart. Don't stop writing.
Love this…. And I agree.
Thanks for commenting and your compliment!
So I clutch the mustard seed in my hand…
I love that.