Another Note From Harvey

I remember seeing a picture of the raging Niagara Falls with a bush over-hanging the edge of the falls. In the bush was a nest with baby birds asleep in the midst of the roaring noise of the falls. The depiction of the sight of sleeping birds was that of “peace in the midst of confusion”! I could not help but think, “We may wonder how can we be at peace when everything around us is confused and chaotic?”

Often our lives become stressful and disorganized; we may be so rushed and hurried that we don’t know which way to turn. We may wake up in the morning with more on our plate than we could hope to deal with. Yet Paul in Philippians 4:6-7 promised peace to those to whom he wrote when he said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, and 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.” NIV

I remember seeing a Television show of a town that was, and had been for years, at war with fighting in the streets every day. But yet you could see children playing in protected areas of the streets seemingly oblivious to the fighting and chaos in the town around them. Perhaps it was partly because this was all they had ever known and it was normal for them, but for whatever reason they were at peace in the midst of confusion!

Paul tells us that the peace that is in Christ is more in the mind and in the heart than in our external circumstances. Just as the baby birds were asleep in the midst of the noise of the Niagara Falls, we can have peace even when things are anything but peaceful!

Just something to think about!

Harvey Schultz


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