Sweet Serenity

     I want to live in Serenity. I hear it’s a peaceful place with rolling hills, quiet streams and plush pastures. There’s one problem; I don’t have a clue how to get there. In spite of this, I begin my journey . . .
     I hike up a mountain, and as I reach the top, pride blossoms. I pause to bask in my accomplishment. Closing my eyes, I lift my chin and savor the warmth of the sun on my cheeks. A cloud dances by and covers my sun. I open my eyes. No, as sweet as it is, this is not Serenity. I continue my journey.
     I cross a river . . .  still searching. Anxiety grows. Rain pelts down as the thunder claps. There is loss. There is sadness. I trudge forward, but Serenity is out of my grasp.

     Then . . .  an intersection. Indecision. Nausea churns in my stomach as I fret over which way to go. I crave to dwell in Serenity, but how do I get there? What if I make the wrong decision? How much will a mistake cost?  Fear engulfs me and the storm still rages. I doubt if Serenity really exists.

      I press forward, but soon I descend into a valley. I look up but the apricot sun sinks into the horizon. As the darkness gradually consumes me, my heart grows cold. I remain still. No desire to move. Apathy paralyzes me. I collapse.
      Then, a tender whisper, “I love you.”  He caresses my cheek. “Quit searching. I am here. Rest. I will take you to Serenity.”  He picks me up and cradles me to his chest. I feel his warmth. Peace consumes me. Joy begins to bubble from within. At last . . .  Serenity is mine.
     The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, 
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. Psalm 23:1-3


  1. What an amazing post Susan; you managed to capture and draw me in to every word you wrote! Our genuine faith allows us to believe that we can rely on Him for peace and serenity. :)Thanks for blessing me with this post today friend. :)

    Blessings and hugs,

  2. I rest in the comfort of your words...

  3. When we look to the Lord and rest in Him, He will give us the peace and serenity we seek! I love how you wrote, "Quit searching. I am here." When we finally stop striving and allow God to take control, our journey becomes one of joy rather than fear. Blessings!

  4. Your words drew me in and with anticipation I continued to savor each sentence...and then I read "quit searching I am here Rest" a tear fell down my cheek and I knew He had used you to touch my heart today and to give me the answer to my heart's longing..

    Bless you dear precious friend for being an instrument in the Father's hand.....

  5. Susan, I meant to add to my previous post that every once in a while I read a post that really grabs my heart and yours did that today. Thank you

  6. What beautiful words! They paint such a vivid picture of our desire for peace and the grace of the One who provides it.

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  7. nice post thanks for sharing...blessings soraya