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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Lions in our midst trying to destroy peace



"Daniel in the Lion's Den" by Briton Riviere 1892 (depicting Daniel 6:16-24)
picture in our home bought in Florida antique shop years ago
What is your reaction to this picture?
“The Lord is near. Be not anxious about anything, but in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5b-7
The messiness of the garden brings me no peace. A bank has been cut in preparation for another rock wall. Island time waits for everyone, but in the meantime there are piles of dirt everywhere and plumbing parts. Someone came yesterday to prepare forms for the footing. Other projects in the yard, waiting for help, are also unfinished. I have no peace when outside is a mess. I handle larger problems better but don't recognize the lions hiding behind anxiety in everyday life.
Although I have not experienced great persecution as believers elsewhere in the world who are suffering because of their faith, I have had a taste of what it might feel like. When regularly radiated for cancer, the technicians, because of my frozen shoulder, had to strap my arm to a post and move the post back . Every day for 8 weeks I experienced torture-like pain. I prayed silently for help. The Lord said, "turn your eyes on me, I care for you." So I sang to myself while the machine hummed. Soon, "the things of this earth became strangely dim." The lion of cancer did not destroy my peace here.
I ask Jesus,
  •  "Why do I have such anxiety, lack of peace about the outside mess?"He says, "You're looking too much at the earth."
  • What in my life are You pointing to? Where else have I experienced this lack of peace?" It is usually linked to a past difficult time. "Where Jesus were you then?" 
Listen closely to what he has to say. What truth do you hear from him?."You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." John 8:32

3 comments:

Kay said...

Angel, I love that picture! What a picture of peace! ~Kay

Anonymous said...

Beautiful painting, here is what is saying to me-
If you feel as though you've been put into the lions den, take heart in knowing that you have a God who is faithful and true. Go to Him with your problems, trust in Him to help you and then wait upon His rescue.

Angel Bryant said...

Thank you both for your comments. Beautifully put.