rushing streamI have heard of a painting showing a fast rushing stream right at the crest of a formidable cataract. An old tree bent over by the force of winds of many years droops some of its branches close to the waters.

On one of the frailest of branches the viewer spots a robin’s nest with three little hungry heads upreaching. The mother bird perches on the bobbing ridge of the nest offering food. The whole setting puts the little family precariously close to disaster in the flood. They seem unaware and the routine appears to be going on happily and without hitch.

The painting is entitled “Perfect Peace”.

We are that little family doing what we have been made to do by an observing God. Do we have the confidence that He is near and attending?

I think of verses in Colossians chapter one referring to Jesus:

16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Such remarkable control and dominion in the One who made His earth-entrance near the peaceful beasts.


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