Answering the Door 4
Article by Helen Longest-Saccone, Editor-in-Chief
In “From My Neck of the Woods” Editor’s Statement in this issue, I discuss lessons that are enabling me to accept change in life. For me accepting change requires that I “let go and let God”. But to do this requires that I have faith that God is the master architect of my life and that I believe that God is pure love and the source of peace. In Hebrews 11:1 the apostle Paul wrote, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith brings peace in all circumstances of life. When I am a faithful servant—when I deeply love and trust in God, when I have faith that all of life is in His hands—I open myself to be able to feel God’s love fill me. I can receive His gifts of love, peace, and joy.
The joy that commitment to God and Jesus brings is far superior to any happiness I have ever felt as a result of worldly events. When I am living in faith, I am at peace and feel joy even when life may be unfolding differently than I may have hoped. During each second of every day God holds me close and fills me with His unconditional love and gives me peace in all circumstances of life. I just need to accept His love.
In 1 John 4:8, John the apostle wrote, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” and in 1 John 4:16, John continues, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
For me these are powerful words. They lift me up when I feel fear and help me regain my faith. Whether reading the Bible, at the computer working on Nature Photographer magazine, sitting and talking with Marty, walking in nature with Phyllis, in the dairy barn doing chores, chatting with friends, or just daydreaming, my desire is to be able to feel God’s love ever present. This is indeed the greatest gift of my life and brings a peace that truly does pass all understanding. The apostle Paul, while in prison in Rome, wrote, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
When a man imprisoned in Rome during Biblical times writes these words, it speaks volumes to me. He had great faith and accepted the change in his life. He knew that God was the master architect of his life, and Paul felt God’s love and peace in all circumstances.