Did you ever read the book ‘5 minutes peace’ by Jill Murphy? It’s about Mrs Large, a who is seeking peace. Just 5 minutes, that will do.
I think so many of us are seeking peace. We lead busy, stressful lives. We take on too much, and can’t say no. Other people depend on us, whether it’s 8am, 4pm or 3am. It can feel like we simply get no peace.
Actively seeking peace
As we’ve been thinking about this verse this week, it has seemed that Peter understood the quest for five minutes peace. It’s the verbs that jump out at me: turn, do, seek, pursue. And, of course, the modal verb: must. Peace is something we can do something about. We don’t have to wait, passively to find peace; instead, we must actively seek it.
We MUST turn from evil… We MUST seek peace. Actually, I find this very reassuring. I like it when there’s something I can work at, something I can tangibly move towards. Yet it seems like a paradox. How can we work at having peace?
For me, I think it’s about actively creating moments in my day to stop and ‘tune in’ to the peace of God. We know our peace comes from the Holy Spirit. We have to listen in to the Holy Spirit. It is about creating moments of calm and focus. They don’t have to be long, but they do need to be there.
The choice of ‘pursue’ as a verb strikes me. When you pursue something, there is the sense that it is not easily gained. There is a sense of hunting it down, of enticing it. Sometimes, it doesn’t come. You wait, but there is no peace. That’s ok. But we have to keep trying. It takes perseverance.
It takes time, effort and self-discipline, but it will come.
How to actively seek peace when you’re really busy
I want to suggest moments in your day when you can actively seek God. These are the moments I use, and they certainly help me.
- Giving my youngest son his early-morning milk, before his elder brother gets up.
- Waiting for the shower to heat up.
- On a work day, the drive to work after dropping my youngest at nursery.
- On a non-work day, the drive home after the school run.
- Giving my children cuddles before they go to bed.
- 9pm. This tends to be my cut-off point for work. Past 9pm I’m too tired to do much else.
Even 2 or 3 minutes is usually enough. If I pause for 3 minutes, 5 times a day, I’ve spent 15 minutes tuning in to God’s peace. I know, in an ideal world, we’d all have a lovely hour in the morning to spend reading our Bibles, playing worship music and writing in our prayer journals. But at this point in my life, I don’t have that time. Instead, I try to actively seek God throughout my day.
I’ve been really encouraged this week by the other members of our Mummy Meditations Community. If you’d like to join, head over to Rachel’s Blog and sign up.
Next week, our verse is Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Rachel will be writing this one, so head over to her blog next Sunday.
Have a lovely – and peaceful – week.