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Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
A man once sought to find the perfect picture of peace, but could find none to satisfy him. So he began a contest. All around the world painters submitted their rendition of what true perfect peace looked like.
On that day, one by one each picture was revealed. Each more breath taking and wonderful than the other. Finally two pictures remained.
The first was unveiled with an amazed silence over the audience. In front of them was a mirror-smooth lake reflecting lacy, green birches under a soft blush of the evening sky. Along the grassy shore, a flock of sheep grazed undisturbed. Surely this was the winner.
The man with the vision uncovered the second painting himself, and the crowd gasped in surprise. Could this be peace?
A tumultuous waterfall cascaded down a rocky precipice; the crowd could almost feel its cold, penetrating spray. Stormy-gray clouds threatened to explode with lightning, wind and rain. In the midst of the thundering noises and bitter chill, a spindly tree clung to the rocks at the edge of the falls. One of its branches reached out in front of the torrential waters as if foolishly seeking to experience its full power.
A little bird had built a nest in the elbow of that branch. Content and undisturbed in her stormy surroundings, she rested on her eggs. With her eyes closed and her wings ready to cover her little ones, she manifested peace that transcends all earthly turmoil.
What is peace? Someone once said that true peace is not the absence of trouble, but the confidence that God is with you in and through your troubles.
In these troubling times in which we live, oh that we would allow the peace of God to rule our hearts and our minds, so He might keep us in perfect peace as we keep our hearts and minds stayed on Him.
I’ve got so much more to share, and you are welcome to listen to the sermon podcasts we have prepared for you online, where I’m continuing in my series “Signs Of The Times”.
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