Two artists were once asked to paint a picture of peace. One painted a golden field of grain wafting in the gentle wind with birds flying through a blue and cloudless sky…it was labeled “PEACE”. The other artist painted a raging waterfall with jagged rocks and gushing waters. In the crag of a rock behind the treacherous and pounding water he painted a mother bird in a nest and labeled his painting “PEACE”. The gift this artist gave to the world was recognizing when and how peace is present.
As sportmoms, we can make our homes a warm and safe nest in the turbulent stress of game day or after a tough loss. This GIFT OF PEACE provides a place for protection, warmth and recovery.
God expressed His ultimate desire for peace by sending His Son to us. It is recorded in the angels’ clear and unmistakable message to the shepherds that first Christmas night...
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV
Jesus’ own words also reflect the heralding angels’ message…
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.” John 16:33
Just as the Wise Men from the East brought gifts to Jesus the Christ child, so Christ brings his gift of peace to us…
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. Ephesians 2:14a
Experiencing a nest of rest while things around us gush with treacherous possibilities happens when we rely on God’s presence in and through it. It is in doing this that we accept His GIFT OF PEACE.
PRAYER: I don’t ask that the jagged rocks and pounding waterfalls of life be taken away, Lord. But I do ask you to help me find the place where your GIFT OF PEACE can abound. There I will rest allowing your peace to overwhelm my soul. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14 NIV
GOD’S UNMISTAKEABLE GIFT OF PEACE IS FOUND IN THE CRAGS OF LIFE!
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