Huddled on the floor at the feet of a madman, I felt the cold metal of his gun pressed against my forehead.
“Look at me,” he screamed.
With all my might, I refused to open my eyes. I knew he would kill me if I did. Paralyzed with fear, my hope was gone. The minutes seemed like hours as his rants continued.
God, help me.
He backed away and put the gun down. With unrelenting rage, he grabbed my hair and pulled me to my feet. Like a rag doll in his clutches, I was tossed against the wall. His iron fists were brutal. Then, someone knocked on the door, and he stopped.
God had intervened.
From Love to Fear
Right after high school graduation, I jumped into marriage, but my love quickly faded into fear. Unknowingly, I had married a wife-beater. Living with him was like walking on thin ice not knowing when the ice would crack under the violence and plunge me into a bitter, cold death.
Many times I tried to run away but without success.
His drug addiction, gambling, and alcohol fed the cycles of violence. Over time, the episodes of abuse occurred more often than the calm. He knocked the life right out of me—one blow at a time. I lost all hope.
After thirteen years, I managed to escape for good.
Through years of healing and sessions of counseling, God restored peace to my life. He reached down, held me close, and healed my broken heart.
Now, I understand peace, because I know what it’s like to live without it.
Peace is everywhere in my life. In my home, my new marriage, and within my soul. It is God’s greatest gift to me for life on this earth.
When I sit in the quietness of the morning, I am at peace because God’s
Spirit is living within me.
Sleep is peaceful, because I know God is watching over me, and I’m sure God will be waiting for me on the other side, when I lie down in death.
The Picture of Peace
For each of us, the picture of peace is drawn on the canvas of turbulence, strife, and heartbreak. Without unrest, we would never recognize peace.
To the child in war-torn Syria, peace means going home. For the ever-seeking teenager,it means ‘I belong.’ To the battered wife, a hug instead of a fist. To the hard-working husband, respect and thanks. To the grandma in the ghetto, her babies living long enough to graduate.
While outward peace is different for each person, the inward satisfaction for our restless soul is the same for everyone, and can only be found in Jesus.
God’s Plan for Peace
“For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself.
“He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
“This includes you who were once far away from God.
“You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions.
“Yet now, He has reconciled you to Himself, through the death of Christ in His physical
“As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault” Colossians 1:19-22.
God’s peace is free.
Jesus promised us this gift, before He went back to heaven. In John 14:27, Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” NLT