When did you last reach out to hold the hand of the palm of peace?
My sweet baby was hit hard with one cold virus and cough after another throughout January. We had a few rough nights and some where he has definitely slept a lot more than me!
With hubby away on travel, I brought baby into bed with me a few nights ago. During the night he started coughing and wriggling around and seemed to be reaching out his hand. Lying facing him I simply offered him my hand. With his hand in mine, he relaxed almost instantly and drifted back into a peaceful sleep.
The way he responded to holding my hand led me to think of the way our Father in Heaven is with us, His children.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 HCSB
He invites us to come to Him in and seek our rest in Him. He is always facing us, watching us, ready to take hold and refresh our souls giving us strength and equipping us to continue in our calling.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:1, 10a KJV
“Be still…” from the Hebrew literally means sink, relax. It makes me think of that feeling when I climb into bed at night and all my muscles can relax as a take a deep breath and sink the day away into the comfort of my mattress…even if just for a moment!
When we rest in Him we can also feel His peace. Part of the Fruit of the Spirit is this peace only found in the Lord. In Galatians 5:22 Paul refers to a peace of mind…God’s gift of wholeness. More specifically in John 16:33 the Greek refers to those who: “assured of salvation, tranquilly await the return of Christ and the transformation of all things which will accompany that event”
Friend, today you can reach out to grasp the hand of Jesus, the palm of Peace, “casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7 HCSB). Even in the midst of trials, we can feel His peace beyond understanding because true peace does not rest in circumstances but in Christ (Philippians 4:7).
Friends, today take hold of His hand, sink in and rest, and feel His peace refreshing you for the road ahead.