I heard two stories about peace today.
I. The Trade
A young boy and a young girl agreed to collect their favorite items and meet again after some time to exchange whatever they have collected. The day came and both were on their way to the meeting place. The young boy looked at his jar and saw three of his favorite marbles. He opened the lid, inserted his hand inside, picked up the three marbles and put it in his pocket. The young girl, on the other hand, came with her jar full of candies. They traded and went home. At night, the young girl had a deep sleep. The young boy could not sleep, wondering if the young girl gave all her candies.
II. The Painting
A king told his servant to bring two painters and their artworks that portrays peace. The first one showed his painting of a nature, where there is a mountain, a sun that shines so brightly and an ocean that is still and quiet. The painting, in general, is calm and relaxing. The second artist presented his artwork showing a dark sky with lightning that strikes the mountain and divided it in half down to the bottom of the ocean, resulting to a huge splash. On the side is a tree and a nest where there is a bird and on its wings are three little birds covered, comforted and untroubled. The king chose the second painting.
The first story signifies inner peace, which we can attain by being honest and free from guilt to ourselves and to other people. It pertains to the forgiveness that we receive for our past mistakes. The second story denotes true peace, which exhibits a real day-to-day living that despite of all the chaos and turmoil around us, we can remain unalarmed and undisturbed.
I believe that it is hard to experience inner peace and true peace if we do not have peace with God. In John 14:27 it says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Peace with God is a gift. It is being offered to us for free. It is not something that we earn or achieve with our own efforts.
Have you said something you wished you haven’t said, that after five seconds, you are concerned on how to make things right for that person?
Are you in a situation where a lot of uncontrollable surrounds you and you are anxious what will happen next?
Worried about the household bills? Unpaid loans? Upcoming expenses?
Mending a broken heart and having a difficulty to forgive other people?
Lift it up to God! Surrender it up to Him. Ask for wisdom on what you have to do. He is more than willing to make you lie down in green pastures and to lead you besides quiet waters (Psalm 23:2) where you can rest and experience His unimaginable and impossible peace.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
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