Place: body works
Poison: pineapple juice
Favourite things: rose petal baths
My son has done the sleeping tour of Bali. No matter the noise and happenings, he has managed to have a little nap, a kip, he just drops off into sleepy time with no fuss.
My mum can fall asleep in the first ten minutes of a massage and cracks the women up as she snores her way through Bali bliss.
Me on the other hand, I find it increasingly difficult to have a little Nanna nap, no matter how tired I am.
My mind is a machine.
My mind is at work trying to save the problems of the world.
My mind is tireless.
I am laying in the most peaceful place, with rose petals, stunning music, a massage like no other and my mind is thinking about the neighbor back home who we have a little grievance with.
What is with that?
Where can I find peace?
Our scripture reference is so far…
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)
And the peace of God which transcends understanding.
I long for this peace.
I think many people long for this. That’s why there are so many temples here in Bali, that’s why there are so many spas here, that’s why people come here to walk the beach, to drink themselves away. Peace seems to escape most of us.
The monks here think that giving away everything is the answer, the shop owners think sacrifices and offerings to the moon Gods is the only way.
I know another. I have relationship and have had deep encounters with Jesus. His peace does surpass understanding, there are times when his peace leads, times when his peace flows and I cannot explain it.
Lord let me be an instrument of your peace.
Lord let your peace abide in my mind, where worry and decay rule.
Lord you are peace.