“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 and 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 in 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,’” Author Unknown.
This story made me consider my own view again. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that to be peaceful, everything around you must be at rest. But, in fact, the complete opposite is true. Finding true rest requires finding peace in midst of the everyday chaos.
So, where do we find peace? I look to Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” To me, this verse is a great reminder that we need to fix our eyes on Jesus. When we can focus on God’s promises and stay focused on Him, we’ll have peace because we trust in Him and believe his promises.
No matter what you are going through or dealing with, having His rest will allow you to maintain an attitude of security and serenity. It doesn’t mean you won’t periodically face things that a difficult. It simply means that you’ll be better able to handle what comes your way. Begin seeking peace in your life today by seeking God first and see what a difference it will make.
How do you find peace?