I had an interesting experience this week as I was walking through our foyer with a woman who had arrived only a few minutes earlier to give an estimate for household work. After walking through several rooms, she looked directly into my eyes and said,”There’s peace in this house.” She said it gently….softly, as though she had just received a pleasant, unexpected revelation.
Her words elicited the same response in me—it was as though I also, had just received an unanticipated revelation. Yet, it was more than that. It was a confirmation of what I already knew to be true. Peace permeates my home—every room—every space.
My husband knowingly smiled when I shared my experience with him…we both smiled. We may not have everything, but we do have peace—God’s peace and peace in our marriage. At this stage in our lives we both value our peace and agree that if there is any “trouble” it will come from the outside and not from within. In today’s world there is plenty of opportunity for “trouble” to cross our paths. Why would we want to bring it into our homes or create more of it?
I believe the woman sensed God’s peace that day. There is kindness and respect in our home. God’s Word is read and sincere prayers are prayed within these walls. On any given day, gospel music permeates the air as my husband plays the baby grand in our living room. Love resides in our home as calls are made to check on an aging parent, an ill child, or to connect with a grandchild. Laughter rings out as our special grandson faithfully amuses us with his antics.
Although we have both had seasons in our lives when things were anything but peaceful—change, illness, loss of a mate to death. And yet, we have both learned to press into God during difficult circumstances, trusting that He works all things together for our good—knowing that He is our good Father and the author of peace. I am grateful for God’s peace and I am thankful “there is peace in this house.”
“My peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” John 14:27 (NASB)