Ask for peace, joy, hope, strength, healing, forgiveness–bring it Christ, bring it to your adversaries, and know.
We spent a week at a lake in northern Minnesota in August. We were unplugged, and in a remote area, so saw few boats or people. It was a perfect lake for fishing and relaxing. I finally understood what people mean when they say they feel closer to God fishing than anywhere else. I floated out on the paddleboard on Sunday morning, staring into the water, staring up at the sky, and prayed and talked with God for over an hour. Praises, gratitude, hopes, worries. I truly felt His spirit. It reminded me of all the passages in the Bible to BE STILL. The perfect stillness of the nature and lake was anything but empty. We drove away after that week discussing how we can get back, how we could be there permanently. But it wasn’t that lake, it was that stillness in Christ. We just have to look for ways to get it in our regular life as well.
This art was inspired by this song by King and Country. I have liked this song for awhile and when I finally watched the video, I liked it even more. It is a commentary on how much our news media portrays everything with doom and gloom, when our days are filled with wonderful moments of joy all the time, if we use our perspective to see it that way. And that joy comes from the hope Christ gives us, the gratitude in recognizing that, and the love that fills us.
Listen to this song by Ryan Stephenson
This is the lyric video, so you can follow along with the amazing words. And I created this in response:
Look forward to our future in Christ. Look forward to eternal life with Him. Do not look this way or that, but stare straight into the path God has for you.