Henry Drummond tells the story of two artists who were commissioned to paint a picture depicting perfect peace.
The first artist painted a landscape with a mountain lake: calm, quiet, serene.
The second artist painted a violent waterfall crashing down on jagged rocks, but next to it was a slender birch tree, with a single fragile branch stretched out over the water.
In the fork of the branch was a bird’s nest. Lying in the nest, untroubled, even glistening from the spray of waterfall, was a small bird fast asleep.
This is peace. It’s not the absence of crashing waves, it’s the security of the nest in the midst of the turbulence.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)
Our challenge today is to look not at the waves, but to find our place of peace in God’s presence.