I Wouldn’t Want To Face Life Without It

Sep 25, 2013

heaven on earth 1In the midst of a world shaking with fears on every side

where do we find peace?

Is peace even possible?

I watched the unfolding of events as story of Henry Blackaby,

Author of “Experiencing God” hit the news.

Missing for 29 hours.

At first I wondered and feared for his life.

My heart joined with others in prayers for his life.

His life has influenced mine and thousands of others through the years.

Where could he possibly be?

God knows where he is, my heart remembered.

God knows and He gives peace.

As I went about my daily activities I continued to pray

to ask God for safety and protection for Blackaby

and also to receive His amazing peace.

Praying that in the midst of not knowing

he and his family be held by a strong peace that passes all understanding. That we all would.

That’s the peace the God gives.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27)

Peace that is not dependent upon circumstances

but actually enables one to remain calm in the midst of the most frightful circumstances.

Peace is not an absence of problems but a stronghold in the midst of problems.

So while many prayed

and others searched

the gift of peace was offered again.

Rest in the midst of not knowing.

Calm while the turmoil continues.

Yes, that is the peace that is possible for all.

And it is known only as we receive it from His Hand.

A gift received and treasured.

Well, Henry Blackaby, was not only found but is presently recovering from heart surgery.

Another opportunity to experience God?

Yes and a clear reminder that our God continues to offer His gift of peace to all.

I wouldn’t want to face life without it.

How about you?






  1. Bonnie

    Sharon, I was one of thousands who joined you in praying for Henry to be found safe. I went through his Experiencing God study with a group of women friends many years ago and know how it impacted my life. Hearing that he was lost reminded me of the lost lamb–how the Shepherd cared so much, he left the flock to search for him.

    I love what you wrote: “Rest in the midst of not knowing. Calm while the turmoil continues.”

    God is all-knowing and sometimes it’s easy to forget that in the swirl of panic.
    Your writing always brings your readers back to the basics. Thank you for this blog! It continues to bless me.
    Love, Bonnie

    • SharonBrani

      Thank you, Bonnie. So glad that you are blessed through reading these simple, heart-felt words. I appreciate your kind words of encouragement.


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