Peace Be Still…
“A Shelter in the time of Storm” (continued part 2)
During the “storm” the tackling of the ship: have you gotten rid of the unwanted cargo? what is really necessary…how big is YOUR “anchor” in which your ship is being guided?
There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures but, there were only 2 he really liked & he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. The other picture had mountains too but, these were rugged & bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell & in which lightning displayed. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
The King looked closely & 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 the midst of the rush of angry water sat the mother bird on her nest in perfect peace. Which picture do you think won
the prize? the King chose the 2nd picture…do you wonder why?
The Kings response: peace doesnt 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 & still be calm in your heart.
In other words there is “victory” in remembering HIS PRESENCE (Psalms 23) Where is GOD in YOUR life as you make your way thru the ocean with the “storms” in the midst? Is God your ANCHOR?