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Peace Be Still

A Devotion for the weekend

Please read Mark 4:35-41,  Jesus Calms the Storm

Above you will find a painting entitled Peace Be Still by Chinese artist He Qi, 1992. In all of He Qi’s paintings the color blue is dominant.  Blue as you will remember, is the color of HOPE, and is in all of the renderings of the stories of Jesus that He Qi tells. HOPE is on the canvas.

For my whole adult life, people have carelessly and casually said, ‘if I only had the time I would do…’

I probably have even said that once or twice, probably more!  Perhaps you have too?

So now with time on our hands, or at least a different rhythm of life, what are you going to do?

How will you redeem the time? 

One of the ways that I am redeeming the time is by looking at and contemplating the power of art painted by a Christian from China.  China, that same country that is sending millions of dollars of medical equipment to our country because we need the assistance.

Isn’t there something fascinating about that with all the rhetoric and blatant racism?

When you look through the painting of He Qi, you are dominated by the color blue-HOPE!

It is my prayer that you can see through the painting, towards hope and redeem this time.

So, as we contemplate the storm that we have been given, I want to ask a few questions:

  • Where is the storm raging for you?  Internally? Externally?
  • Is the storm your FEAR or is it your GIFT?
  • What resources are you pulling close to you-like a comforting blanket on a cold day, to empower you for what is needed next?
  • What GIFT will you be for others today?