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MY PEACE I GIVE UNTO YOU

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John 14:27

 Peace I leave with you,

my peace I give unto you:

not as the world giveth,

give I unto you.

Let not your heart be troubled,

neither let it be afraid.

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Catherine Marshall tells the story of a king who sought the perfect painting of peace.

The king

offered a prize to the artist who could best

capture what peace really is. Many artists attempted their best renditions of peace, and

the king, in turn, looked at all their pictures carefully.

After careful observation he finally narrowed down to two pictures that he thought

were closest and decided to select one of them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for towering and yet

peaceful mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky

with fluffy white clouds. Trees blew gently in the breeze with a few birds nestled in its

branches. All who saw the picture thought it was a perfect

picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains too, but these were rugged and bare. Above was an

angry sky, from which the rain fell and in which lightning

played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look

peaceful at all. But if you looked closely, behind the

waterfall was a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush, a mother bird had

built her nest. There, in the rush of angry water, sat a

mother bird, warm and quiet in her nest.

Which picture do you think won the prize?

In Scripture, God does not promise calm waters. In fact, most of our well-known Bible

stories illustrate the stormy times in the lives of God’s

people. So why is it we expect the peace illustrated in the first picture; one that

demonstrates that we are entitled to quiet lives and a calm

existence? Jesus challenged those who would follow him by saying, “I did not come to

bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).

Jesus did not come to give us easy lives on earth; instead, He wants us to awake to His

promises no matter what stormy waters approach. He

came as a wake up call to the nations, one that says that love is not easy, following me

is not easy, but the struggle is worth it. God’s peace does

not come in the form of ideal circumstances. That is the benefit of grace; it is a free gift

of God’s love and provision no matter our own choices or

pitfalls. It is when we put our confidence and trust in the one who guides us through

the circumstances, that we truly experience God’s peace. As

Isaiah 26 illustrates, perfect peace comes when we trust our LORD. For God promises a

perfect peace much like the bird in the second picture

experienced, safety found in the shelter, not in the absence of the storm. If we nestle

ourselves into Yahweh, our God of promise and provision,

we can trust the “perfect peace” he provides, no matter what storms may come our

way.

As you probably already know, the king chose the second picture. “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 midst of all those

things and still be calm in your heart.  That is the real

meaning of peace.”

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Story taken from Marshall, Catherine, “Picture of Peace.” Stories of the Heart. Comp.

Alice Gray. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 1996.

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