I heard two stories about peace today.
A young boy and a young girl agreed to collect their favorite items, and meet again after some time to exchange whatever they had collected. The day came, and both were on their way to their meeting place. The young boy looked at his jar and saw three of his favorite marbles. He opened the lid, reached inside, picked up the three marbles, and put them in his pocket. The young girl, on the other hand, came with her jar full of candies. They traded jars and went home. At night, the young girl had a restful sleep, while the young boy could not sleep, wondering if the young girl gave all her candies.
A king told his servant to summon two painters who can present him their artworks that portray peace. The first artist showed his painting of nature- depicting a mountain, the sun shining 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 striking the mountain, dividing it in half down to the bottom of the ocean, resulting in 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 of guilt, doing right by others, and ourselves. It pertains to the forgiveness that we receive for our past mistakes. The second story demonstrates true peace, which is exhibited in our 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 from God. In John 14:27 it is written, “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 God is a gift. It is being offered to us for free. It is not something that we earn, nor achieve with our own efforts.
Have you said something you wished you hadn’t, that after five seconds of saying something, you immediately want to make things right with that person?
Are you in a situation where a lot of uncontrollable factors affect you, and you are anxious of what will happen next?
Worried about the household bills? Unpaid loans? Upcoming expenses?
Mending a broken heart and having difficulty to forgive other people?
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 beside quiet waters (Psalm 23:2) where you can rest and experience His powerful and filling 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