One common thread ties together the men and women we have profiled in our Trailblazers interviews over the past year: a peace in their hearts and minds that ultimately overwhelmed anxiety about what may (or may not) come. For many who are considering major life changes, the pros and cons list tilts heavily against any move away from the current course, but sometimes you need to listen to a voice that is louder than logic if you are to step into your destiny.
As our church continued exploring the fruits of the spirit last week, our pastor spoke on the topic of peace. He recounted the story of Jesus calming a storm on the sea, and observed, "Sometimes it takes a storm to get us where we need to go."
His remark resonated with my own life experience. It is in times of great uncertainty that I have experienced peace most profoundly: moving from a familiar and fun city to a place in which I knew no one and nothing; the long-awaited birth of my daughter that threw me into the mysterious (and terrifying) world of motherhood; stepping away from the security and safety of a job I enjoyed toward a new venture with no promise of success. It is as if the human condition requires us to be stretched beyond our imagination before we can let go of our need for control and embrace peace with what is and what is to come.
Rarely is peace ever as prominent - or welcome - as it is in the midst of turmoil. Is there a change - big or small - you want to make but are anxious? Is there a grand adventure you want to undertake but feel unsure? Stretch yourself. Take the leap. And find the peace that waits just outside your reach.