Peace on Earth Day 21 – Eyes Trained on Peace
In this season, the sideways glance can kill you. It can steal your joy. Worse, it can rob you of PEACE. FOMO (fear of missing out) can be a real struggle for a lot of us. In this age of social media, we see everyone else’s awesome décor, delicious food, festive events, and stunning family photos. As believers, we also take note of everyone else’s “advent endeavors” and wonder how we missed this or that touching opportunity to honor the Christ of Christmas.
Sadly, I’ve been there. Often. In a place of complete abundance, I have battled the deep ache of “not enough.” It is beyond illogical; it is shameful. When the realization becomes overwhelming and defeating, one song lyric seems to jolt me back to a pure place:
In your silent night
when you’re not alright,
lift your eyes
and behold Him
(Francesca Battistelli’s “Behold Him”)
In that moment, I realize the only thing I’ve missed is a gaze in the right direction. When I lift my eyes to behold my Savior, I notice the most touching and humbling reality: His gaze has been on me the whole time. He has never looked away, gotten distracted, gotten swept away or overwhelmed. He is my faithful and gentle Shepherd, and His care for me takes me by the hand and leads me from chaos to calm. In that place, I find PEACE.
“The LORD is my Shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
Bringing honor to His Name.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for You are close beside me.
Your rod and Your staff
protect and comfort me.”
(Psalm 23:1-4, NLT)
I realize that in the swirl I fail to do the very thing that thrills my soul: the wonderful thing of simply noticing—not the sideways glance, but an awe-filled gaze, lost in wonder about the Person and undeniable touch of my Shepherd!
Why do I find myself still searching/striving for something (not even sure what?) when there is already so much happening in me and around me that could only be His doing? Have I forgotten to look up, look around, bear witness, savor, treasure, linger where and in what and with whom I am right here, right now? What tempts my heart to feel like I’m missing something when with the Lord as my Shepherd I truly lack nothing?
May He captivate my sight and my heart in new ways today and lead me to a place of purity, clarity, and PEACE, knowing I can rest in His tender and capable care!
How do you most need JESUS, your Shepherd, to care for you in gentle and intimate ways? What about His Person or His undeniable touch on your world might capture your gaze today?