Some of us have never had it, some have–and lost it, while others keep it well, and I am not talking about a dream home.
Not long ago, I heard a statement that brought me to a halt. Marilyn Hickey simply said, “I have to have my peace in God.” The comment stuck with me.
Years ago (I won’t tell you how many), I experienced the Holy Spirit in a different way. I attended an Ira Kellman meeting. Ira was an evangelist, and the meeting was held at Bertha Haugen’s home. Ira moved in an anointing where people “fell out” under the power of God. That’s when God’s Spirit overcomes a person and they, well for a lack of a better explanation, “swoon,” without losing consciousness.
However, this wasn’t the first time I was going to hear him speak. At a previous meeting, Ira prayed for me. I stood without moving. After a moment he said, “You’re stubborn,” and walked away.
If a jolt of electricity had gone through me, I don’t think I could have been more shocked. My first thought was, who does this person think he is?
The good thing is that I went home and after thinking about it, looked up the word. Stubborn means obstinate, or inflexible. In fact, it’s mulish. I prayed, Lord don’t let me be like a self-willed animal.
As a result, when I attended the meeting at the woman’s house I was ready to receive.
I arrived mid-day just as the meeting was ending. I sat on the couch, on the right of Ira. He spoke with a person on his left, and then turned. He said, “Oppression is far from you,” and with a wave of his hand in front of my face, I fell back onto the couch.
Did God answer! I “swooned,” and received an overdose of God’s peace. That afternoon I missed a dental appointment and reveled in an abundance of His glorious presence all that week. I literally walked around in a heavenly cloud. Oppression couldn’t coexist with this tranquility. The manifestation has never left, although at times I have allowed circumstances or relationships to interfere with keeping it forefront.
As I mulled the comment Marilyn made, “I have to have my peace in God,” I understood I have to remember that’s where my peace is; situations, whether fantastic or awful, are not what determine the stillness of my mind and soul.
If you don’t know, never have known, or knew and forgot, I hope you’ll find your peace in God. After all, didn’t Jesus say, “I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.” (John 14:27, Contemporary English Version)