When life is chaotic, peace is often all we want, but it is also sometimes the most difficult thing to find. It's unsettling to find ourselves in the midst of circumstances that are out of our control. Stress and worry gnaw away at our confidence and our hope. We find ourselves doubting our own abilities and the providence of God. We find ourselves feeling alone.
Luckily, we are not alone in this journey because God is always with us. A wise friend told me recently that, when we have the Holy Spirit within us, we are the most powerful we will ever be. When we have the Spirit working for us, we need not be concerned, we need not worry. Even if change comes, even if the chaos continues or intensifies, God is in control. The Spirit of the Lord goes before us, preparing the way. We can put on the armor of God and know we are protected. We can cultivate peace by knowing that God is with us and will not forsake us.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.