Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him.”
(Psalms 62: 5, Contemporary English Version)
We all naturally seek peace. We know that we function with more freedom and are able to think more clearly and act more wisely when we are peaceful. We can attempt to gain that serenity, that quiet confidence, in many human ways. We can seek another’s opinion to assure us or look for a situation to change in order to feel better.
But these assurances can be variable and conditional. The outward may change but the inward composure is not truly there, real, and lasting. God, divine Love, alone can give us this “inward peace.” This is our true reliance and He is faithful to us. God’s presence is peace, and He is everywhere, actively being and expressing goodness, comfort, Life, and Love.
Mentally step away from the mortal mind’s conversations and complications. Listen to God’s voice of what is real and true—the genuine condition of things as He caused them to be. Give up the need to seek peace through material means and people and circumstances. Your loving God is at the ready, deep within, revealing His presence in your heart and His wisdom in your thought. Receive the richness of peace without argument. It is yours freely, now and always.
Laura’s article on letting God bring a sense of peace reminded me of a lesson in “Letting Go” that I learned while learning to fly.
I was piloting a small 4 place Aero Commander aircraft flying out of Dayton Ohio. One day, early in my training, the air was pretty turbulent. In the light plane you notice turbulence more than in a large airliner. As I flew the air currents juggled me around, the left-wing would dip down, then the right wing would dip, the plane was rocking from side to side as the turbulence affected the aircraft.
As an astute and eager young pilot, wanting to impress my instructor that I was ready to “solo”, I was furiously correcting the rocking with the controls, adjusting every two seconds trying to maintain level flight. I glanced over at Gary, the instructor and a very experienced pilot, who was cruelly laughing at my plight and my solution!!
He finally said, “Pat, just take your hands off the wheel.”
Of course I did as he suggested and it was amazing. The wings were still going up and down, the plane gently rocking in the turbulence, but correcting itself and the trusty Commander 100 maintained level flight without all the human effort I had been expending to remain stable. The wings were not going up and down any more than they had before but I was able to sit back relax with my hands off of the controls and let the aircraft just fly in peace. It felt like the plane was smiling and loved being left alone to do it’s job.
I suddenly felt that PEACE that comes from letting go of the controls as Laura described. We can FEEL that PEACE when we trust God, our Father, the Creator of the universe to govern our lives, letting go of the need to force things, to impose human will, to "make it happen".
What a lesson that was for me. I still sometimes must relearn it over and over, not in an aircraft but in life. But then I remember those flying days and how without my human intervention, the plane flew on a steady course easily handling the small bumps and updrafts. It was a good example of how, in like manner, when we take our hands off of the controls, dropping human will and outlining, we can trust the Father to keep our human wings and life level as we soar life’s’ airways.
The Bible has the prescription for overcoming turbulence and upheaval in our human activity. It is “letting go of the controls” and embracing a spiritual sense of existence as Galatians 5 has it: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
A hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal (216) gives also us reassurance…
O he who trusts in God’s protection
And hopes in Him when fears alarm,
Is sheltered by His loving-kindness,
Delivered by His mighty arm;
If ye God’s law can understand,
Ye have not builded on the sand.
O wait on Him with veneration,
Be silent in humility;
He leads you after His own counsel,
His will is done and still shall be;
All good for you His wisdom planned;
O trust in God and understand.