Turmoil and Peace, A Waterfall and A Butterfly
Do you long for peace in the world of turmoil?
When the mind races, the heart loses peace.
With the end of the school year in sight, things get crazy. Finals, papers and deadlines add stress. It’s hard to focus with a flittering mind going from project to project. Can you relate?
How can an peace co-exist with turmoil?
I witnessed an example of this once while hiking along a mountain stream. At the end of the trail, a waterfall tumbled off a rugged cliff from thirty feet above. The crash of the water over the rocks sprayed my face. It felt exhilarating being close enough to feel and hear the power of nature.
Glancing down at the pool of water at the base of the falls was a great contrast. One side of the pool churned and bubbled from the waterfall, but the other side of the water remained smooth and undisturbed. On the calm water rested a butterfly, oblivious to the swirling water only a few feet away.
Crashing water on one side, gentle butterfly on the other. Turmoil and peace, side by side.
The peace that is in the Bible is shalom, which is more than the absence of hostility. It is fullness of life enjoyed in complete security. (The NIV Study Bible)
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, gave us these promises during turmoil:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Here are 5 more verses on PEACE for you:
- “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14
- “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165
- “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.” Isaiah 32:17
- “Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.” Romans 12:18
- “Don’t worry about everything. Pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
The Lord is the creator of real peace, a true refuge of security and safety.
Spend time in the Word of God, letting His power and tranquility soak into your life. Quiet your heart. Look to the Prince of Peace instead of the turmoil around you.