Faith & Life: A Heart at Peace and Rest
Trusting in God’s perfect timing
by Joanne Troppello
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Those words sound beautiful and simple. Is it really that easy to be at peace—especially in the surreal and tumultuous times that we live in?
I believe it is easy to be at peace. It’s more difficult to be in unrest. I can speak from personal experience. The last few weeks have been stressful for me, but I kept giving everything to God and then taking it back the next day when I woke up. He wanted me to leave my problems with Him so He could take care of them, but I kept focusing on the circumstances—and couldn’t rest and be at peace.
That cycle went on for two weeks. Finally, last Sunday at church, I gave everything over to the Lord. Yes, AGAIN. However, I have truly left things in His hands. I’ve gotten back on track with focusing on doing what I can do, which is working each day and doing my best—and trusting Him for the rest.
It sounds simple because it is simple. God wants us to have a childlike faith in Him. Sure, we need to work hard and be diligent at our jobs—and whatever He places in front of us to do. Yet, if we focus on the problems and not on how God is helping us through them, we’ll never be at peace.
There are many verses and passages on peace in the Bible. John 14:25-29 is one of my favorite passages because Jesus is speaking about the gift of His peace to us.
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.”
Miracle of Grace
Hoping in the Lord
Sure of what I hope for and certain of what I don’t see.
Faith is a miracle of grace, waiting on God’s perfect timing
in which the Lord’s glorious power will be displayed.
His love is beyond measure.
Hoping in the Lord, a God I cannot see with naked eyes.
Being still my heart knows Him and sees His gracious heart.
Time passes me by, and I wait in expectancy, dreams and hopes abound.
My Lord knows what is best—He wants me to keep my heart at rest.
© Joanne Troppello
Are you at peace? Have you given everything over to the Lord?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.