“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (ESV)
Two of our deepest spiritual needs are peace and gratitude. God calls us to a peaceful existence with grateful hearts. When we experience a flood of restless thoughts or wave upon wave of hardship, we are to be grateful for God’s lasting peace to weather and endure the storms. In waiting on God and enduring hardship with gratitude, we are sustained fully by the gift of God’s peace.
Noah experienced the peace of God in a flood that overwhelmed the world for 40 days and nights; he waited calmly for the sign of land, continued to believe and trust God, and was delivered a dove and olive branch. Noah then knew God’s peace came over the whole earth.
Photo: Yosemite National Park, California