A Picture of PEACE


Today, the sun is brightly shining, six adorable kids are running, screaming in the house and playing football outside. My husband is on call (work) but is home and able to help around cleaning the garage. Life is great right? But, you know what, I feel agitated… The reason? Dear friends are in the hospital right now fighting with their 16 years old boy recently diagnosed with Leukemia…

“The story is told of a kind who held a contest to find the perfect painting of peace. Extraordinary works of art were entered, but the winning painting depicted a raging storm on a mountainside. Lodged in a crevice, a mother bird sat on her nest, protecting her young.” What is wrong with this king? Where is peace in that picture?

Oh wait, such a picture of peace resembles the one I read in my Bible: Mark 4:35-41. The disciples and Jesus were in a boat on the sea of Galilee. Jesus was sleeping when a wild storm came up. As the waves broke over the boat, threatening to sink it, the disciples cried in terror to their sleeping Teacher, “don’t you care if we drown?” At this, Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and the waves and questioned the disciples. Did they have no faith?

Well, my agitation, the raging storm our dear friends and their son are going through, the king incomprehensible choice have their meaning in Jesus response to the storm and his question to the disciples:

Peace is Jesus asleep in a boat in the middle of a storm.

Peace is a calm trust in God in the midst of irritation rather than its absence.

Convinced of God’s control over every detail of our lives, PEACE is the presence of FAITH even when the world around us screams that there is no reason to believe!

PS: This is going to be a long journey for our friends and their boy, If you would like to know more and would like to help, here is the link to the page https://www.youcaring.com/lucas-neudorf-and-his-family-496036

God bless you!

 

 

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  1. Thank you for this Debora. When Lucas was about 3 years old he and I were driving some where and he was telling me about the story he heard in Sunday school about Jesus sleeping in the boat with his disciples and a storm came up so they hollered for Jesus to wake up. He woke up and calmed the storm. He had just finished telling me this when we hit a rain storm so bad I was ready to pull over and stop driving. Lucas was in the back and just then hollered out real loud “Jesus Wake Up”…the rain didn’t totally stop but slowed down to a normal rain…then Lucas said “see grama Jesus woke up”.

    I believe He’s in the boat with us but is he awake? Maybe we need to do some Pentecostal hollering!?!?!!?

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    • Thanks Alice for sharing this! I believe, Jesus is in a boat with you and your family. We had that story today about Jesus and his disciples so that we trust that He is and will always be in control over the storm like this. I pray that Lucas will remember that story and shout to Jesus: “wake up”! I’ll do that every day for you, your family and especially for Lucas! Love you! Stay blessed in Jesus name Amen!!!

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