December 6 Reflections

There once lived a king who announced to prize the artist who would paint the best painting depicting peace. Many great painters sent he king several of their best art pieces. One of the pictures among the various master pieces was of a calm lake perfectly mirroring peacefully towering, capped mountains. Overhead was a blue clear sky with fluffy clouds. The picture was perfect. Most of the people who viewed the pictures of peace from various artists thought that it was best among all.

But when the king announced the winner, everyone was shocked. The picture which won the prize had mountains too, but it was rugged and bare. The sky looked very angry, there was lightning. This did not look peaceful at all. It looked like the artist had mistakenly submitted his painting depicting storm rather than peace. But if anyone looked closely at the painting, he could see a tiny bush growing in the cracks in the rocks. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. In the midst of the rush of angry weather, the bird sat on her nest with peace.

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise or trouble. Peace means to be in the midst of all the chaos and still be calm in heart. The mother bird at her calm, despite her chaotic surroundings indeed was the best representation of peace. Real peace is about trusting a big God who has us in the palm of his hands and never letting us go. Real peace is spiritual…mental…emotional…and relational. It is the peace that only Jesus can give. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” (John 14:27) We are going to think about this peace on Sunday. Some passages to reflect on: John 14:23-26; John 16:31-33; Isaiah 26:1-4; Philippians 4:4-7.

Grace upon Grace,

Pastor Verlyn