When God is working in someone’s heart to shape them more and more into His image, one result we’ll see often is that the person becomes a person of peace. They’re more and more a reflection of God’s character revealed in His name Jehovah Shalom. They tend to not get too ruffled by the curveballs in life. You tend to feel welcome and peaceful in their presence. They almost exude a sense of calm, that all is well. They move at the speed of the soul. These are the kind of people we become as the Lord transforms our lives. As God’s character is infused in us, our lives look more and more like Jesus. People were—and are—drawn toward Him for a reason.
My friend Jason and I have spoken often over the years about the idea of peace-filled people—along with places and moments of all kinds where the sense of the separation between the physical world and all its demands and the unseen spiritual reality of God’s presence surrounding us is reduced to almost nothing. These times and places and people can be so refreshing. Places where the separation is thinner tend to be infused with peace. Be it a person, a location, or a situation, the thin places almost seem to naturally produce a sense that God is present, so His peace can overflow, and we sense… it is well.
Maybe it’s the same for you as it was for Jesus in Mark 1:35 above. You actively pull away to seek the isolated place to be with our Good Father. The more you do this intentionally, the more you’ll find that what you’re looking for, deep down, is not so much the peaceful experience for the sake of itself. No, you’re seeking God Himself: Jehovah Shalom. He’s ready to be found. By you. Even today.
Take a moment to recall a song that reminds you God is near, and listen to it today. Recall moments God has revealed Himself. Look for ways to return to similar situations and locations. Reconnect with people who tend to usher you into an awareness that God is present. He wants to show you He’s here. And He loves you.