God’s peace swept through me this week as I meditated on reconciliation and all that implied.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20
It always surprises me, the turns we take on our journey with Christ. When the Spirit prompted me to choose this verse for our meditations last week, I began with feelings of humility and thankfulness. Humbled that God would love us so much that He “was pleased” to bring us peace. And thankful that Jesus made peace for us when we were so unworthy and unable. I thought that’s what I would be pondering this week.
The Fullness of Peace
But, no. I was startled when “peace and reconciliation” kept coming to mind. I thought I’d already focused on peace a few weeks ago. Was there really more God needed to show me (please join me in a chuckle at my arrogance!)?
Right now, He’s teaching me about the fullness of peace. I picture myself being physically close to God because of my reconciliation with Him. As I step closer to Him, into His light, I’m overpowered and lose myself; I become a reflection of His glory. My insecurities and self-doubts are meaningless because I’m defined by God, and nothing else.
In the never-ending process of dying to myself in order to fully follow the Lord, He’s helping me take off one more layer of insecurity. It’s amazing how “I’m not sure if I can” turns into “It doesn’t matter if I can or not, I’m with God and that’s where He wants me to go.” Peace with God and from God powers confidence.
He’s now prompting me to take a step toward something I’ve never felt was within my abilities. But He’s showing me that my abilities don’t matter; it’s within His. He will fuel the process.
It’s a strange mix of release and power.
The Power of Peace
The lyrics “when peace like a river attendeth my way” keep coming to mind right now. I’ve always thought of peace as the opposite of sadness, anxiety, or anger. But it’s also the opposite of fear, which is the basis of insecurity, hesitation and a lack of confidence.
It feels very much like relaxing, letting go, and floating. But not in a brook or stream . . . in a river! A river that’s forceful, overwhelming, and powerful. Peace with God unleashes His mighty power in your life.
I’m excited about the direction He’s pointing me toward: He’s calling me to work on my writing skills and embrace the term “writer” more than “blogger” or “teacher.” Quite honestly, even writing that down feels pompous–it feels so outside my realm of abilities. But I’m willing to work on the skill if that’s where He wants to unleash His power. It’s a beautiful river I’m honored to float down.
I’d love to hear what you’ve been meditating on this week. This verse is so dense, I can imagine we all were taken in different directions.
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