Life is stressful. Life is hard. Life is occasionally scary. Life can be harsh and difficult. Life seems to never take a timeout or rest for a minute. In a sometimes stressful and frustrating life, how do you find peace?
Last week, I threw my backpack over my shoulder and walked out the door to my senior year. I have felt excitement, enthusiasm, and exhilaration for this upcoming year because I have thoroughly enjoyed high school. I’ve been blessed with great friends and incredible experiences. Overall, I have a good attitude about going into my senior year, but lately I have felt overwhelmed with life and it’s challenges. Am I taking the right classes for me? What college am I going to attend? Should I live at home or on campus? What team should I tryout for? Am I being the best daughter and sister I can be? What career should I pursue? I’m so busy, am I giving enough time to my family? What boy should I be interested in? Will I be a good parent or spouse? Will I go on a mission? What friends should I spend my time with? What am I doing with my life that is significant? And lastly, who am I? I know these questions are not unique to me. Whoever may be reading this, whether young or old, male or female, religious or not, I’m sure you have asked yourself similar questions. Within all of these important questions lies the ultimate question: Where can I find answers and where can I turn for peace?
I decided to go to the internet and see what Google had to say. Some of the most popular answers or focuses of blogs posts were; say goodbye to perfectionism, acquire more patience, let go of the false-hope of having a pain free life, spend more time in nature, learn the power of a smile, and surround yourself with the ones you love. These are all great and surely effective ideas but, I decided to continue my research and this time, I looked in the Hymn book where I found Hymn #129 Where Can I Turn for Peace? This song is absolutely beautiful and truly touched my heart. Verse one and two reiterate my plea to find peace in a busy and troubling world. Verse three answers it in a very specific and lovely way.
1. Where can I turn for peace?
Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart,
Searching my soul?
2. Where, when my aching grows,
Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand?
He, only One.
3. He answers privately,
Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind,
Love without end.
God brings peace. He brings joy and love. When we feel wounded, He is our bandage. When we are angry, He calms us. When we feel overwhelmed with stress, He reassures us of His plan. I am grateful for my loving Heavenly Father and the opportunity I have to pray to Him when I am troubled. Time and time again He has given me peace. I hope you can find peace from your Heavenly Father during your hardships and trials as well.