How would you portray peace? In his book, A Wardrobe from the King, Berit Kjos wrote of a man who arranged an art contest to capture this elusive quality. Viewers in the gallery were stunned at the results. They immediately voiced their approval at the quiet, tranquil scenes on display—until they saw the final portrait.

It revealed a tumultuous waterfall crashing down a rocky precipice. Storm clouds threatened to explode with lightning, wind, and rain. At the centerpiece, a weak tree clung to the rocks at the edge of the falls. One of its branches reached out dangerously close to the torrential waters. A little bird had built a nest in the elbow of the branch. Undisturbed by her surroundings, she rested on her eggs with her eyes closed. She demonstrated real peace.

We’re misled when we envision peace as freedom from conflict, distress, and turmoil. True peace is experienced in spite of these things through a personal relationship with God. All our problems won’t vanish, but God promises to always be with us.

You may be a college student struggling with your finances. Perhaps you’re newly married and you must balance many responsibilities. Maybe you’ve had a shaky relationship with a boss or co-worker. When it seems like peace eludes you, remember God is with you. Entrust your challenges to Christ. They’ll be secure on the Solid Rock.

Peace that Jesus gives is not the absence of trouble, but is rather the confidence that He is there with you always. – Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.