About a year ago, my dad bought himself a Harley Davidson. He has owned many motorcycles in his life, but never a Harley. I recall him day dreaming about Harleys when I was a child. Well…he finally pulled the trigger. There are certain possessions or experiences that can make people…well, how should I say it…weird. The first time I saw the Harley in person was when my parents came to visit us one night last summer. Both of my parents have lived more than 6 decades and yet…this experience seem to throw them back into the teenage years that they never quite out grew. My parents arrived in their leather chaps, sunglasses and bandannas like the young characters out of easy rider…minus the red, white and blue helmet.
The biggest tell in their regression toward the nether regions of their youth was when they saddled up to leave…my dad fired the twin cylinder engine and my mother held two fingers out in a “v” formation, and said… “Peace.”
Sure could use some of that right now, huh? It’s fascinating to consider the time in our nation’s history when those two fingers first came into prominence…the 1960’s. The nation was filled with tie dye shirts, bell bottoms and tiny round John Lennon glasses. Peace was all around…kind of. The nation was at war, the civil rights movement was in full swing and the drug culture was expanding greatly, and people were calling for peace.
Truth is…I think we ALL want peace…I think we all NEED peace. The peace we need is not the kind of peace that comes from raising two fingers and letting your hair blow in the wind. The peace we need…is deep peace…inside kind of peace…a peace in the very depths of our souls. We need soul peace.
In Acts 9:31-43, we find the New Testament Church is experiencing “a time of peace.” What does that mean? It is really interesting, because in this passage we actually find; sickness, death and mourning. Yet, upon deeper reflection…what we see is that the followers of Christ were free to live in peace…because the peace giver was living within them. They lived freely…because peace had been freely given. They still encountered death and dying…but they also encountered life, love and peace.
May the Lord grant you deep, inner soul peace as you rely on Him…lean into Him…and let His loving and peaceful arms wrap around you.