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 two he really liked and he had to
choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for
peaceful towering mountains were 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 and bare.
Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, in which lightening played.
Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not
look peaceful at all.
But when the King looked, 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 the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother
bird on her nest ... perfect peace.
Which picture do you think won the prize?
The King chose the second picture.
Do you know 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 midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is
the real meaning of peace."
Addendum -- John 16:33 (NLT)
"I have told you all this so that
you may have 'peace' in me.
Here on earth you will have
many trials and sorrows. But
take heart, because I have
overcome the world."
[ Author Unknown -- from 'E-Mail Ministry' ]
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