God always answers prayer…and usually it comes suddenly.

There have been times I was greatly troubled to the point that found it difficult to enjoy anything else.

Even in a happy moment, I might laugh… and then rushing to the front of my mind comes the thought, “REMEMBER ME!!!” I’m your trouble and I haven’t gone ANYWHERE!!!

In the midst of this trouble I pray to God for peace, which doesn’t always come immediately. As I continue in prayer, I consider my troubling situations. I think of how good God is to me, EVEN with the trouble I’m experiencing. I think of all of the things that COULD go wrong…that haven’t. I think of ALL of the things God has ALREADY brought me through.

That’s when I stop and thank Him for just for being God…for His unfailing love, even when mine fails…for His faithfulness even when I’m unfaithful to Him. And, I realize, why does God get out of being faithful to me? Thank you Lord!

Then it happens…suddenly. Like the SON breaking through the cloud of my troubles!Yes, I’m sitting here thinking about my trouble…and I notice it. I find myself saying…

“Hey! Where did that peace come from?!”

God has poured His peace into my heart, and even though my trouble is still there. Even though I’m thinking about it…I feel at peace.

Peace is one of God’s awesome promises. He will give it to us.

If we PRAY…just ask Him.

If we’re PERSISTENT…continue to ask Him.

If we’re PATIENT…They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (another promise) Isaiah 40:31.

If we PRAISE…Continue to thank God and praise Him while you wait.

Then suddenly, out of  nowhere. When you least expect it, but most need it…He will give you His PEACE.

Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)

 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So, to answer my own question…”Hey! Where’d that peace come from?!”




I saw an older gentleman relaxing in the park, flying a remote control airplane. It was clear that he wasn’t physically able to do the things he could when he was younger. But, he looked totally empowered as he flew his plane.

When I looked at his face, it was almost as if he were in the plane himself. He wasn’t smiling…he looked serious but relaxed. It seemed at the time that there was no where else he would rather be. His hands looked strong and as if they have done their fair share of hard work, but he delicately worked the controls with expert precision…while his eyes were fixed towards the sky.

I don’t know his past…what was going on in his life at the time…or what he had to face later in the day. But, it was clear that he had achieved a moment of peace, serenity and joy with his remote control plane. It was as if he was in the park all by himself. It was obvious that his plane was a mental…emotional…and even spiritual ‘get away’ for him.

But, he wasn’t alone…Most people in the park stopped to look as he skillfully navigated his plane through the sky. They seemed to enjoy watching it too…I know I did.

His moment reminded me of prayer. Psalm 16:11 describes the feeling we should get when we have found that moment of peace, serenity and joy while we are praying to God.

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Prayer should take us to and beyond where the plane took that gentleman. No matter what’s going on in our lives…when we approach prayer as God intended…a personal, intimate moment with our Father, it becomes our mental, emotional and spiritual get away.

Nurture and develop your prayer life to be your personal escape from the world. Like that man in the park…

Just because you can’t FLY doesn’t mean you can’t touch the SKY.


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