Peace. It looks something like running out the front door for the second time and leaping off that bottom stair, hurling into gear and sliding backwards out of the drive because you forgot too many things and you can’t be late to work and you can’t drive too fast to get there on time, and you half choke on a giant gulp of yesterday’s reheated coffee as you lurch your startled engine into first gear… and then you see it: the sunrise bursts across the sky in bold streaks of fire and gold feathered petals. It takes your breath away. Your stress away. Your hurry and your worry away. You drive clumsily toward your former destination (don’t bother me with that now…just wow! Look at that! That’s amazing!!) Veer a little, oops, thank you Jesus for that, and you can’t keep your eyes off that sky. It keeps changing. Like a giant blossom unfolding, those colors they’re exploding. You’re just moving towards the light now. You don’t care about passing slowpokes or peeking at your phone to estimate arrival time. (Just look at that sky! How can it be so gorgeous and how many sunrises have I seen, but its a new kind of spectacular everytime?) And turns out that sun rise lasts the entire drive. And you get to watch the last flicker disappear into the pale purple of a blue sky coming. (And look at that! You got to work on time after all. And actually enjoyed the travel!)
I think that’s peace. An abrupt wave of beautiful unfolding in the midst of usual chaos. Eyes turning upward, refocused. A sigh of wonder. A whole space of time otherwise hurried spent smiling and chasing daylight. Its so much more than what I think we mislead ourselves to believe is “a moment’s peace”. Its so much more than turning off your brain and scrolling Facebook, or taking five minutes longer in the shower, or dazing off during a mindless TV show after the kids have gone to bed. It’s better than the hot cup of coffee on your break or the five minutes alone reading a book. Real peace unravels in reels of breathtaking color. It’s a kaleidoscope for a weary mind to not just rest but delight in.
Peace. I hope you see it. I hope you follow it. I hope you take that beauty with you. Let the dawn unfold over and over again in your mind. Savor the feeling and let it sink into your awed mind that God designed it. And designed it for you.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” John 14:27