Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'The mountains shall bring peace to the people and the little hills, by righteousness.'

Psalm 72:3

The battle to live at peace with all men and to maintain peace within our own spiritual lives can be an ongoing one.

We can have a good Sunday at church, like many of us did yesterday. The theme of my sermon in the morning was finding peace in prayer. A number of people spoke to me or texted at the end to say how it had helped them. Yet, today is a new day, with new problems that threaten to disturb our peace. If you managed your time alone in prayer this morning good on you! If you didn't, set your alarm clock early tomorrow or spend some quality time alone with God tonight. However, there are ways to find your peace during the day when you can't be alone.

I am very fortunate to live near the hills and can see them from my home.

'The mountains shall bring peace.' One glimpse upwards away from the toil and troubles of life can be enough to give you room to breathe and find peace in the presence of God. He has given us the beauty of creation for our benefit; to help and strengthen us. Whenever you are driving in your car, or looking out your window or working hard in the office or busy in the classroom take a moment to 'look to the hills'. If you can't see them is there a patch of blue sky, an autumn tree, a shaft of sunlight, a gathering storm you can watch? Draw strength from the beauty of nature. That's why it's there. God has given us a beautiful world to appreciate and find strength to praise His name. Even if it's only a little hill you can see, let it bring righteousness to you. 

By leaning on the beauty of creation we are learning to tune into our Creator. We are being made one with Him and when that happens peace floods our hearts. No matter how busy you are, how stressful a job you have or how difficult your situation is learn to look up to the hills and find peace.

'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help!' Psalm 121:1