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.
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and this day can incite many emotions. There are ones who have lost their earthly mothers, while there are those who are estranged from mothers. There are those who never became a mother and may feel as they have missed out on something. It seems the true winners in this man-made holiday are the greeting card companies or the owners of the companies who sell the many gifts or the florist!
Today I choose to think of my true Father, Mother, God and my relationship there. If I listen humanly, there is a tendency to feel some sadness. John 14:27 states “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.” Praying with this verse, I pray for everyone and that peace fills my heart.
The rain has been going on for hours from the effects of the hurricane. We have rolled up towels under the back windows behind my desk. The two verses I am praying with this morning are John 16:33 and John 14:27. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have over come the world.” and “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.”
As I study with these verses, I know God is in control and there is no reason to fear.
While working at my desk this morning, the thought of depression came into my thinking. It seems to be widespread throughout with different types of medication and therapy thrown at you. If someone believes in this human world and are waiting for things to run smoothly in our government and world affairs, they are going to be sorely disappointed. 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.” We need to look through God’s (Love’s) eyes and see what He sees. There seem to be more people praying about our world than ever before. This is a good thing.