“My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32: 18 ESV
A tapestry with this verse on it hangs on the wall in our home. It is my dream to ultimately live this peaceful kind of existence. My husband and I have a vision of the “front porch swing” retirement. A quiet, peaceful, simple life. You don’t have to be Jewish or Christian to want this for your life. Minimalist living is becoming trendy. Companies that specialize in tiny houses of 400 square feet or less are on the rise. Some of my favorite blogs are written by those who practice modern homesteading. People are tired of the man-made clutter that has consumed our lives. An unnecessary amount of Americans are in debt because they can’t stop buying stuff. Stuff does not make you happy. On the contrary, stuff makes you stressed.
Isaiah’s promise in Isaiah 32: 15-20 is that once the Spirit comes, wilderness becomes a fruitful field and this will bring righteousness, peace, quietness, and trust. Why these qualities? Because, when we take the time to smell the flowers in the field, we will feel peace and quietness. Peace and quietness bring us a clarity that enables us to trust God and ourselves. When we put trust in God and ourselves, we are on the path of righteousness. May we all reflect on how we can allow the Spirit to bring peace and quiet into our lives.
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