Do you long for peace in the world of turmoil?

When the mind races, the heart loses peace.

How can a peace co-exist with turmoil?

I witnessed an example of this 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.

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

The peace that is in the Bible is shalomwhich is more than the absence of hostility. It is a fullness of life enjoyed in complete security. (The NIV Study Bible)

Jesus, the Prince of Peace, gave us many promises for when we are in 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 NIV

“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 NIV

The Lord is the creator of real peace, a true refuge of security and safety.

Will you look to the Prince of Peace instead of the turmoil?


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