The old sewing machine brings back memories. Sitting with my grandmother, I watched her move the pedal up and down with her foot, faster and faster, as she sewed pieces of fabric together. Smelling the mothball scented drawers reminds me of those times together as she taught me some shortcuts as I was learning to sew on my own. When my grandmother moved out of her home to stay in a retirement center she left the sewing machine to me. I never actually learned how to use it but I keep it in a prominent place, remembering her and her gift of sewing. She left her love for sewing with me in that sewing machine.
As Jesus was preparing to leave this world, about to die on the cross, fulfilling God’s plan to rise again and conquer sin and death, He told His followers that He would leave some things with them.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Peace – tranquility, stability, calm, serenity. Jesus had experienced the world we live in. A world full of fear, hatred, wars, injustice, poverty, broken lives, evil leaders, sickness, pain, suffering and abuse. But Jesus said we didn’t have to be afraid or have troubled hearts if we had Him. He would give us His Peace.
His followers remembered His peace. The disciples had been in a boat during a storm, a deadly storm. They were afraid for their lives. In panic and fear they called out to Jesus, who was asleep and at peace. “Do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38-39) Jesus called out, “Peace, be still!” The wind stopped and there was great peace and calm.
Paul, a follower of Jesus, had been beaten, left for dead, and was imprisoned. Yet, he knew His peace. While in prison he wrote to the believers in Philippi, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything…then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Jesus left us with His peace. He has the power to call out to the storms in our lives – “Peace, be still.” He gives us peace that will guard our hearts and minds as we abide and live in Him. Are you fearful, feel imprisoned, beaten down, distressed by the waves around you? Call out to the One who left us His peace. “My peace I give to you.”