I hear these words every week. Peace. I have a hunger for this in my life. It has been elusive for so many years. God wants to save me from distress? Really? I get incredulous because people I have loved so often caused me distress and seemed to enjoy doing so. I thought they loved me, but on reflection that is seriously called into question. It makes a lot more sense that if you love someone you would wish them good things, like peace.
So this Easter we made a peaceful choice and lo! I found not only peace but JOY - that other elusive friend.
I didn't have a very focused sacrifice in Lent, but a vague idea that I needed to let go of getting worked up about other people's issues and try to catch hold of that elusive peace. It is a continuing work in progress but switching focus from others towards myself is something that is novel for me. I had a moment of distress while on vacation when I wanted to simultaneously do the thing I wanted to do, but I didn't want to cause anyone else inconvenience. But I can't fairly judge what is convenient or not for other people, in that moment I had to let it go and allow them to make their own choices. It all worked out for my happiness in the end :)