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Topic: Peace (03/15/04)
TITLE: The Whitwash
By KAREN FASIG
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© Karen L. Fasig 3/2004
The freak snowstorm raged outside the window causing havoc with the power of its wind and the force of its feathery white flakes. The accumulation on trees, power lines and streets causes chaos to reign as the sun rises.
The war zone effect takes hold as trees crash to the earth and power lines spit sparks onto the wet roadways. Cars and trucks collide as they slide on the white blanket and then display their mangled fenders. The roar of snowplow engines and their blades scraping pavement add to the already chaotic scene.
Brooms whooshing, snow blowers whining, and shovels digging only add to the hectic pace the snow has set for this day. Sunshine glares through dirty windshields blinding drivers to the scene portrayed before them.
Then, as if by design, a stray cloud passes across the brilliant sun to allow clear vision. The sight instantly calms the harried frenzy. A picture that describes peace better than any word can comes into perfect clarity. The bowed tree limbs covered with the white rain almost kiss the ground.
The mountains reveal the purest white blanket. A white that hurts the eyes if looked at too long. The muffle effect that the thick snow blanket provides dulls the otherwise overpowering noises. Serenity reigns.
At times throughout our lives God gives us just a taste of what peace is; when calm engulfs our souls while trouble is flying all around us, the instant in time when the Robin’s song can be heard to the exclusion of all other sound, or the snowscape postcard view after a snowstorm.
Peace is the absolute knowledge that He is in control of every nanosecond of time. And yet, even knowing that, it is still only a snippet view of what peace really is. As God allows these glimpses into His perfect peace to cross our paths He is trying to show us that He alone can achieve it. Our sinful nature deprives us of ever knowing absolute peace while we are on this earth.
The world’s goal of world peace is unachievable due to the fact that man doesn’t understand what true peace is. As long as greed, lust, and a multitude of other sins can be practiced, even by the saved, peace is unattainable. Until it is time for Christ’s return or it becomes our time to go home to Him we must settle for experiencing peace in these small vacuums of time.