Thursday, May 17, 2012
I don't know if you have heard about the pastor that asked a famous painter to paint a mural for the lobby of a new church building. The theme was to be PEACE. The painter worked long and hard; but, finally the day came for the unveiling of the mural. Everyone stood breathless, all with their own vision of what the mural would look like. It was very important because it would be the first impression people would have entering the church. A large plaque hung over the veil with the one word PEACE. When the veil dropped there was a gasp as the people saw a wall covered with a huge storm. The people had thought about a beautiful stream, or maybe a cow lying in a pasture, or even a baby sleeping. The pastor told the painter he had COMPLETELY missed the concept. The painter assured the pastor he understood the concept very well. He then pointed to a ledge under an overhang of the cliff. Under the overhand, safe from the storm, sat a mother bird on her nest. He told the pastor that his painting was the REALITY of PEACE. Life is not s cute sleeping baby or a beautiful stream or a contented cow laying in a lushes pasture -- it is PEACE in the midst of the storms of life. It is safety FROM the storm in THE ROCK.