The Real Meaning of Peace

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
July 3, 2001

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose  between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest – in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?

“Because,” explained the king, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”


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  1. Worn to Won said:

    Reblogged this on Worn to Won and commented:
    I remember reading this some time ago but a well worth a reminder


  2. Exactly what I am working on:-) Thanks for posting!


  3. Even in the midst of hell the Word of God is true – he will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Jesus. I’ve been through hell without him and I’ve been through hell with him – only when I abided in him did I have peace. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Thanks Kenny, for the beautiful story. Peace and tranquillity, like happiness, lies within, regardless of outside calm or commotion…

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  5. jacqui said:

    How true is this!? Beautiful! Thank you for sharing xx

    Liked by 1 person

  6. seeker said:

    Beneath that calm looking lake there is a danger lurking underneath. The king choose wisely..

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  7. I’d like a print of that painting for my living room! ‘Love the visual of an abstract concept: God’s peace in the midst of trouble and turmoil. Thank you, Kenny!

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