Storyteller Lisa Boom tells the story of a king who invited artists to submit their perfect painting of “peace.”
Two entries are in the final running, one a calm mountain lake; and the other, a rugged mountain peak with a single waterfall running between the jagged edges.
When the king chose the painting of the mountains and waterfall, he pointed not to the waterfall but to a tiny bush growing behind the waterfall with a tiny bird’s nest containing a mother bird sitting patiently on her eggs.
“Because,” he explained, “peace is not only in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace is in the midst of things as they are, when there is calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”
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Peace is not an absence of strife or conflict, but rather an uncanny ability to remain calm and gentle in tempestuous circumstances.
This wisdom comes from deep within where God’s Holy Spirit dwells and gives us abilities beyond ourselves. This is sacred wisdom. This is a peace that passes all understanding. This is a gift that helps us safeguard the seeds of possibility, so that new life can emerge and new dreams and visions for God’s beautiful world of peace can become paintings on the canvas of our world.
~ Adapted from Mary Scifres Ministries