Recently, while on vacation, we visited a small Indian Reservation where we shopped for a piece of pottery. We arrived early and this woman invited us into her home to show us the five pieces she had made to sell. The vase I found was small, delicate and beautiful and she had $150 price marked on it. I asked her what she would take for it and after thinking, she said $140. She then told us of the steps in making this piece of art and I was almost embarrassed. Before writing my check, I almost wrote it for $200 since I felt pity for how she lived.
Immediately, I caught my thought, wrote the check for $150 and she was beaming. How dare me feel sorry for this lady who loved what she did and was so proud! What a beautiful experience we had listening to her as she proudly told the steps her family had been taking for hundreds of years in making this pottery.
John 14:27 reads “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” I felt such peace that day.