Monday, 8 October 2007
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."
My dear friends, to be in the place of "nothing missing, nothing broken, nothing lost" this is the journey we all embark on. Yet it is right there, to sleep in the midst of the storm, to walk while the world is raging around you....
Where you may ask, in the midst of Jesus. He is the only one who offers the peace beyond all understanding, He offers the ability to walk in the storm and not be afraid, He offers you the strength to see that illness through, He is the one.
If you have never met Jesus or do not know Him as your personal Lord and Saviour, write to me at the address on the top of the page and I will be happy to lead you in a simple prayer and send you a book which will help you.
May God bless you today as you walk with HIM!
Hugs and blessings
Remember Jesus loves you so do I