Vern snuggled into a comfortable position on the soft throw blanket and drifted off into a deep sleep. He and his Frenchie sister spent two nights at a pet resort near the coast of North Carolina. By all appearances, they enjoyed their time away, but there vacation home didn’t offer the sense of peace that comes from being with their human companions.
Peace comes when you believe you are doing the right thing. This is what was happening to the first century church. After Stephen was stoned to death, the church was forced to leave Jerusalem and pursue the mission that Jesus called them to do. It wasn’t what many wanted to do, but with the death of Stephen, it was clear that they were being forced out.
“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.” (Acts 9:31)
Vern and Bee share a peace that comes from being where they’re needed. And that’s what God wants from us as well. When we are around people building them up with encouragement, we will also experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit and an inner peace that only comes from God.