“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
Early, in my adolescent years, I recall reading several books by Iyanala Vanzant and one in particular recently came to mind, Peace from Broken Pieces. I couldn’t remember the title in totality but what immediately came to my mind was, Peace. Why, Peace I wondered ? And the Holy Spirit revealed that Peace is the most valuable player in the healing game. When we are at peace, everything about us is working in tandem to achieve one goal, wholeness in God. This means the body, spirit and soul are on one accord, operating in harmony to heal through acceptance, forgiveness and self-love. The journey from brokenness to wholeness brings peace, yet it requires a spiritual transformation and adjusting to the new normal of it all can be simultaneously shocking and satisfying. Let me tell you how….
Re-Entry and Renewed
Some years ago I worked in corrections and most of my days were spent supervising individuals in a maximum security facility. Prior to this job, I had no formal training or experience in this type of environment. Nor could I directly relate to having my freedom restricted and being isolated from the world as I knew it, or so I thought. You see, as I reflect on the places God put me whether in life or work, I recognize they were all pieces to help put my personal puzzle together and find peace. And the piece that came from working in a prison has helped me understand the shock of re-entering a familiar environment while feeling like a complete stranger. From this experience I learned that like physical re-entry after being in prison; spiritual re-entry after living in sin, requires more than a release date. It takes resources, relationships and a renewed mind to survive in the “new normal” of peace.
Do not be mistaken, I’m not at all taking lightly the excitement around the release and return of a loved one because I understand that for those who’ve waited, there is a strong desire to “pick up where they left off” and fulfill many plans. However, I also know the reality that where you “left off” can end up buried under the emotional and/or physical pain and mental anguish caused by the separation and isolation of physical [spiritual] imprisonment. Which is why the healing process is so important on the journey. With God’s help our body, soul, spirit will be purged of toxicity and the scarred tissue of our trauma pruned away.
His Promise of Peace
Now perhaps at this point you’re asking “how do I get to this point?”and “what do I do once I’m there?” and the answer is simple, always pray for what you need and never stop praising for what you have. Like many who have re-entered the spiritual journey, I had to realize that my peace was the manifestation of God’s power that came through my prayers. Yes, you heard right. Today’s peace is the answer to yesterday’s prayers. I’m walking in the wholeness of God by faith and living in the fullness of his joy without fear because of prayer and praise. I’m experiencing the peace of my broken pieces just like he promised.
So if you or someone close to you is recently released from spiritual bondage and on the journey to wholeness, I pray that my testimony gives you hope because there’s peace in your broken pieces too. The key to putting them together is God. God is the source of every resource, the sustainer of every relationship and the only one who can renew the mind. God is Peace and the peace we desire comes from him. No matter what it looks like, when you start praying and giving God praise, his promise of a peace that man can’t fathom and the protection that every man fears, will come to pass. It’s time to look up and start praying for Peace from the Broken Pieces !
Malika Rahman is the Founder/CEO of Be A Great You, Inc., non-profit organization, focused on educating, empowering and enriching the lives of those in urban communities. She is a Licensed Minister and holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. Much of Malika’s personal and professional life has been dedicated to public service, having served as a law enforcement officer for 10 years. She takes prides in her commitment to the community and encourages others around her to do the same. By combining her personal experience, with her professional expertise and spiritual insight, she works diligently to restore the broken and encourages people to reach their full potential in their lives and in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Malika has a passion for God and a heart for serving God’s people. One conversation with her and you’ll feel her love for both.
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