In spite of all our sense of uncleanness, in spite of all our rush and interest in the work of the world, and in spite of all our logic, the implicit sense of God will come and disturb our peace. ~ Oswald Chambers
Just get me there and I’ll experience peace.
But after 72 hours into our trip to Italy, I realized that my idea of true peace has been misplaced.
It’s not about a place.
Peace is not geographical.
Peace is not easily achieved by driving or flying to a beautiful location.
Peace is not about comfort.
There are certain places that can make you “feel” peaceful while you’re there. But that feeling does not last. As soon as you return to “normal” life, the peaceful feeling fades.
My “peace” was ripped apart in Tuscany, sitting among the path of hydrangeas, on a Sunday morning.
I mean, the setting was peace inducing.
But my heart was ripped open there.
Surrounded by beauty, Jesus touched my heart and revealed the ugliness inside.
There was an abuse of my soul that morning.
It took a trip across an ocean, on a different continent, to expose some restlessness that had settled in my heart.
The distractions that had settled inside my heart became invitations to prayer.
Restlessness was uncovered. Peace was disturbed.
Burdens were lifted.
Is true peace achievable?
The answer is yes.
But it’s not achieved in a place.
True peace is found in a Person.
True peace is being shaken to your core by your Father, uncovering those comforts to reveal a heart of misplaced peace.
True peace is a journey that will be disturbed time and again.
The path of peace for us is to hand ourselves over to God and ask Him to search us, not what we think we are, or what other people think we are, or what we persuade ourselves we are or would like to be, but, ‘Search me out, O God, explore me as I really am in Thy sight.’ ~ Oswald Chambers