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Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity ~ God’s Perfect Peace

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Serenity at Sea ~ Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

True serenity is not happenstance, as if found in some random place or elusive state of mind; rather, it is constant, emanating from an abiding landscape within, of a soul kept in perfect peace through Christ.
Sue Nash

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Last Fall, Jim and I were in Cabo San Lucas for his son’s destination wedding.  The tranquil setting above was lovely, especially at dusk.  This photo is one of my favorites and almost makes me want to take up sailing.

We both needed a break from all the medical drama last year.  Thankfully, God protected and enabled both of us to attend, and we had an enjoyable time.  We could not have done so, without His help.

Christ alone calms the storms we face and brings us an inner peace and serenity that nothing else can.

“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.”
Isaiah 26:3 ESV

“By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”
1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭13-15‬ NASB

Close up at dusk

Close up at dusk

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Heavenly Serenity

Serenity ~ one of my favorite pictures I took early one foggy morning

Serenity ~  taken early one foggy morning

Heavenly Serenity

Heavenly serenity
A place of perfect rest
Free of calamity
Of wars and pestilence
Wondrous tranquility
Where peace weds discontent
Throughout eternity
No more unhappiness
God’s sweet serenity
Will bring true blessedness

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“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

“He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
Psalm 46:9

Tranquility

Tranquility

Won’t it be wonderful there?

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The Work of Righteousness ~ Finding Quiet Serenity in Christ

A peaceful place near our home

A peaceful place near our home

Rushing, hurrying to and fro;
Why must we all stay so busy
And on the go?

Nobody is immune.
Loud is the cry of life’s demands,
Of things to do.

In the midst of the grind
Is a call to a place serene.
There peace, you’ll find.

The work of Christ provides
  A quietness for us,
When we abide.

Every Wednesday I have off from work.  Rather than use it as a time for rest, I typically scurry around by grocery shopping and doing other necessary errands.  By the evening, my weariness tells me that I crammed too much into my time off.

This Wednesday began no differently.  While driving home around noon, having already finished an appointment and loaded the trunk of my car with groceries, I got stuck at a long red light on the way back.

Finding That Life is Too Busy

As I waited, I noticed the steady flow of cars passing by.  I recalled the long lines I had just encountered at the supermarket.  As I pondered all that I still had left to do, I realized that just like for all the others out there, life gets busy.

I started thinking about how few of us slow down enough to enjoy the peace God’s righteousness affords.  We all have obligations, but life spent too busy to abide in His rest is not the life God intends.

Sure, we may start the day with quiet time with the Lord, but then often leave His presence to forge into the day.  We too easily forsake the quiet serenity derived from having His presence within.

The day before, the busyness had taken its toll on my tired body.  The sweltering heat, unbearable this time of year in the South, made me feel even more miserable.  Since I needed a break from the intense pace, I convinced my husband to join me for an evening outing to a nearby lake.

Finding Quiet Serenity in Christ in Spite of Busyness

By the time we arrived, the intense heat had dissipated ever so slightly.  The colors of the clouds in the evening sky were remarkable and the reflections on the lake soothing.  The glow of the setting sun gave the surroundings a colorful peacefulness.

My husband and our dog in the gazebo

My husband and our dog in the gazebo

This reprieve from life’s rigors helped restore my calm, and we all need this on occasion.  Yet God’s peace is available anytime.  Through the cross, Jesus did the work of providing us with peace and rest in Him.  However, to partake we must abide in His presence, no matter life’s busyness.  Isaiah 32:17 portrays the eternal rest found through salvation, but it also speaks of the quiet serenity His righteousness affords. 

Since I am a Martha by design, I doubt I will ever arrive at continually abiding in the Lord’s peace.  The next time I long to get away from the rat race, though, I don’t have to escape by strolling along some peaceful lake.  In God’s presence I find everything needed to calm my frazzled, wearied soul.  It is a place we all can unwind, finding rest from the noisome demands life brings.

Whenever I think on the quiet peace found in the presence of Christ, though, I will remember the photo of the lake.  To me, it is but a mere glimpse of the blessedness of that serenity.

What do you picture when you think about the quietness and rest found in the presence of Christ?

Sue Nash/2013

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