If peace walked up to your front door… what would it look like?
Kind of a weird question… but it is meant to shock our brains out of normal functioning and help us look at ourselves and the world in a way we never have before.
I know exactly what it would be for me: peace would look like the whole world free from disease. Everywhere we look we see people sick and dying. It can strike anywhere, anytime… ANYONE. We worry about our kids, our parents, our grandparents. We fear going to the doctor… and all that if we are WELL!!! If we ourselves are sick (or those we love)… we have the suffering associated with that as well as the fear and worry.
Yeah… peace, for me, would come in the form of world health.
If peace came to your front door what would it look like?
In the last book of the Bible, Revelation, Jesus gives words of encouragement, teaching and warning to the churches of the day. To one church (the one at Laodicea) he says that they are “neither hot nor cold”, but lukewarm. They are striving for self-sufficiency and self-security in a way that is unattainable. So, he says this to them:
Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. (Revelation 3:20)
I asked what would peace look like if it came to your front door… and truth be told… peace is at our front doors in the invitation of Jesus to us… to follow God. That may not bring world health in an immediate and physical way (as I hoped for above)… but it does give us each the promise of health and security of self and spirit that cannot be taken away by anything in the world.
That’s a good start at peace.