Be Love, Find Peace

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Be Love, Find Peace

Kelly Fordyce Martindale

April…April showers bring May flowers…April 9 is the 17th year since my oldest son died…the air smells fresh…the tulips and hyacinths are sprouting…Easter…new life…. These things run through my mind as March winds down.
April brings me peace and, in that peace, I feel more free to love; and I want to love more those who are close to me. I want to breathe deeply. I want my soul cleansed and my mind free of thoughts that bind and drag me down. I want freedom. April, Spring, Good Friday, Easter; helps me recognize true freedom.
Karen Ehman, an author, recently wrote about the story of Mary and Martha. Martha was the busy, distracted one. Karen wrote,
“It is interesting that the word we find translated “distracted” in the English language in this passage was only used one time in the entire New Testament. The original Greek word first used here means “to be driven about mentally; to be over-occupied; to be greatly troubled; to be too busy about a thing.”
That is me at the end of March, distracted and overly busy…I am driven about mentally…I need to stop and breathe and feel and love…and rest.
Many are participating in Lent and giving up something important to them i.g. chocolate, alcohol, Twitter. Maybe busyness is something to consider giving up. I’m always doing something or going somewhere. What I know I need to do is STOP and spend time with Jesus. I need to let Him calm me so I can think clearly. I would like to get to a place where I let the Lord guide my to-do list, putting it in the proper order of importance. And I’d surely like to let Him motivate and energize me to get my house in order; relinquishing a lot of stuff.
I’m learning that when I let the Lord guide me, peace of mind rules. Chaos in my brain is soothed. No matter how much I have to get done, it gets done and it feels good at the end of the day. Very good.
I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to learn this and then to do it regularly. Why does it not happen more naturally? If I believe what I say I do, then Jesus is not only my Lord, but He is also my big brother. If He is God’s son and I am a child of God, it only makes sense that we are family. Right?
The Bible says, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.” Then it says, “This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:4-5) WOW! Before the world was made, I was chosen.
This is the season for Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, or “Yeshua,” a name prevalent in Hebrew and Aramaic languages. Yeshua, my Lord and my brother. As Easter approaches and egg hunts are in full swing, many head to church who would not ordinarily. That is a good thing.
I would hope, however, that each person would find Yeshua in that place of worship. How do you know if Jesus is there? Is love present or judgment? Is freedom shared or condemnation? Is peace available or only chaos?
Jesus’ love is free and free-flowing. I do not have to “fix” myself before approaching him. He’s already done the work, on the cross. I remember the day I looked into his eyes, and He loved me. His love has given me freedom to love more deeply and live fully in his peace, no matter what.

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