Peace ('in spite of')

You will experience peace,
which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
Phillipians 4:7

Catherine Marshall writes 'A king once offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. Many tried, but there were only two the king really liked. One was of a calm lake. It was a perfect mirror for the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. The other picture had mountains too. But they were rugged and bare. Above them was an angry sky from which fell rain, and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountains tumbled a waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the king looked closely he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in spite of the rush of angry water, she sat on her nest; in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Why? "Because," explained the king, "Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the middle of all these things and still be calm in your heart."' At some point we all discover that there's no safe harbour free from storms; that peace is not the absence of storms, but a) the assurance of God's presence and protection in the midst of them; b) the growth of our faith and character because of them; c) His rock-solid promise to bring us through them stronger and wiser.

Excerpt from UCB Word for Today. Free issues are available here.


inspired said…
perfect peace is peace be still within the storms of life ;]
What a perfect illustration of the peace that passes understanding that our Lord not only promises but gives.
SuzyQ said…
I really agree with this post. I have to find peace in the chaos sometimes (with four kids hehe):0)
By the way I love the new template... and I resized the youtube on my sidebar :0D Thanx for the tip!
Robert Morschel said…
I read that the other day and thought about posting it too because it was so good. A lovely picture indeed.
It is a wonderful blessing that we as Christians have from God to give us peace in our hearts when the waves are tossing high all around us. It is amazing how much stronger we are after facing one of the storms of life and seeing how God carries us safely through. connie from Texas
Christophe said…
A wonderful post. And i feel really honoured that you used my picture to illustrate it. Take care!
Angie said…
I want to be behind that waterfall in every sense of the phrase. Beautiful! Gorgeous photo, btw.