Last week at Bible study, our group talked about the scripture found in Isaiah 26:3 which says,
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
Most of us have heard or read that particular verse many times and it never fails to provide a measure of comfort. But if we dig a little deeper, there is more to this seemingly simple sentence.
I wondered about the word peace so I looked it up in the dictionary and found these descriptions: a state of tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; freedom from internal commotion; quietness of mind; calmness; to be reconciled and live in harmony; silence to a troubled soul. Then I read that the term perfect peace in this passage is the same as the Hebrew word shalom, which encompasses health, happiness, and well-being. Cool.
I also discovered that the word mind, in this case, also has a Hebrew connotation meaning creative imagination. I perked up quite a bit when I saw that.
But what does all of this have to do with a writer, you ask? Oh my, where do I begin!
I think it’s a given that writers have overactive imaginations, and if you are anything like me, that imagination will work hard to keep you distracted from your daily must-dos and your nightly must-sleeps. It has to be put on a leash (sometimes a very short one) and trained to stay under control so that you can focus on the task at hand, whether that be writing or anything else.
That’s where the verse I quoted above comes in.
Perfect peace comes from keeping my mind – my creative imagination – fixed on Jesus, because that place of quiet in Him is where the words flow and the stories rise. It is the place where I am . . . undisturbed.