Posted by: pendrops | June 9, 2007

price of peace

I just finished reading an article about Jumby Bay, a set of resort islands you can only get to by boat in the Caribbean. On the islands, you won’t find cars, business buildings or even stereos. Which means no diesel engines revving, bump cars thumping, high rises obstructing, construction work congesting, traffic jamming, appointment keeping, deadline meeting.

You’ll just find white sand, blue ocean, and peace. Also known as tranquility, quiet, harmony, room to breathe. You’ll find a price tag of approximately $10,000 a day, too, give or take.

It made me think about the price of peace. It’s got to be simpler and more accessible than $10,000 a day, right? So, how can I make peace in my home below noisy upstairs neighbors, on the most congested side of town, with so much to do and so many places to be?

How do I seek peace? How do I find it?

In America, and other prosperous nations, it’s easy to think we can buy peace, like a week in Jumby Bay. I have, many times, bought peace in the form of massage therapy, aromatherapy, bubble bath therapy, chocolate therapy, chick-flick therapy.

But peace is different than the absence of noise, chaos, and conflict. It’s different than just getting the neighbors to shut up and watching Sabrina. True peace comes from an eternal place, a deeper source.

Jesus called to His disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while…” in Mark 6. He fearlessly entered the madness of His world, the chaos of a moment, and the thronging masses, too. And, in the midst of it, He remained the Prince of Peace.

We may never make it to Jumby Bay, but because He is accessible, so is all that a Caribbean resort island has to offer…and so much more.

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Look for upcoming articles entitled Green Gospel, What Wine Has Taught Me, and Child’s Pose.

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