“‘…in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’” (Isaiah 30:15 ESV)
Sometimes I feel absent from Your presence. It’s not the absence of Your presence; You are always with me. Somehow I’m “unplugged” from You. On the best days, I rest in Your gentleness, floating in the sea of Your “peace that surpasses understanding.” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)
On days when I don’t feel Your presence I feel … lost… parched. You quietly, patiently wait for me to block out the noise within (which can be louder and more distracting than the noise abroad). You wait for me to remember to focus on You – not on my fears, not on the problems.
You wait for me to wholeheartedly surrender to You, to trust in You, in Your plan. (There is no real peace without complete surrender.) With a surrendered heart and a mind “stayed on You” (Isaiah 26:3, ESV), You quell the fears that occupy the deepest parts of my heart and keep me in Your “perfect peace” (Isaiah 26:3, ESV).
Thank You, Father for Your deep love, for Your open heart at my every return, for Your patience that surpasses my understanding, for blessing me with Your presence and Your peace.