Recently a friend read my “Peace” post (February 1), where I wrote about increased levels of peace as I continue the practice of Christian meditation.  She agreed that it made sense to her that increased peace would be the effect of  stillness in God’s presence, then she asked, “But how does it happen?”

Considering her question, I thought about the meditative practices I’ve used that have helped increase my level of peace.  I also thought about the promises of God in verses like Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.”  (KJV)  I then realized that though knowing meditative practices might be instructive for my friend, and knowing God’s promises of peace might encourage her, neither of these answered her question.

Having practiced Christian meditation for a number of years, I thought I should be able to easily answer her question, but after some thought, I see that I cannot.  Instead of being disappointed, however, I am reminded that spiritual things are not always something we can easily define or put into words.

The truth is that I don’t know exactly how increased peace happens.  I think that my inability to explain it is much like my inability to explain how God heals me, or how He answers prayer in such specific ways that I am left in awe of His power.

Though I don’t know how it happens, through the mystery of God’s love when I spend time with Him in silence, I am the grateful recipient of His peace.

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