Here is something I posted several years ago. I was talking to a friend tonight about the numerous "storms" going on in the families around us, and was reminded of the saying, "Sometimes God calms the the storm, and sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms his child."
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.
picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful
towering mountains 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.
other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above
was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played.
Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not
look peaceful at all.
when the king looked closely, 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.
The king chose the second picture.
Do you know why?
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."
my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways,"
declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace
of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus
to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in
heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my
burden is light.