He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. (Isa. 2:3)

MY FRIEND, PHOENIX PARK-KIM, a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, is a professional musician, delighting audiences around the world with recital, orchestral, and chamber music performances. My husband and I attended one of her concerts recently and could hardly believe the exquisite beauty that came from her fingers on those keys. The hour passed in moments as we gave in to the emotions and grandeur she evoked with her music. And, for a little while, we were able to forget the troubles and busyness of the world.

Isaiah paints a picture for us of a time to come when we will experience that kind of peace and freedom all the time. Right now we are overwhelmed by the troubles of this world—from personal issues to global events—and it’s hard to imagine that we will one day forget all that. But the prophecies of God are true, and we can be confident that the Lord will bring harmony to the world and, because all fighting will be ended, people will “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

God has good plans for us, and He will teach us to live in the light. He will show us how to love each other and to be at peace. God’s ways are good, and the light will prevail.

Take an hour to remember God’s goodness.

Heather Gemmen Wilson is the author of the Global Warning Series (WPH), a fiction series for preteens. She is married to a Wesleyan pastor.