One day, I woke to behold a heart-warming sight of our dog and young kitten lying side by side in deep and peaceful sleep.
Some would call that a miracle. They may say that this unusual canine and feline bliss is because they live in a church or belong to a pastor. I wish that I wielded such peace-making powers but I don’t. 😎
So what brought about that peaceful state of relations?
For the record, in the early days, the stray kitten we took in out of compassion last year could be rather angsty with our friendly dog.
She pounced on him and frustrated him with her juvenile antics constantly. And he just tried to avoid her endlessly. In all likelihood, they both collapsed into peaceful slumber from sheer tiredness!
Which causes us to reflect on our human wars in our hearts and homes? We sometimes arrive at “peace” in our frayed relationships due to sheer fatigue, clever avoidance or behavioural socialisation.
We all know that this kind of peace is more like a ceasefire. It is temporary. It is fake. And the warring will rekindle. Why?
Peace is not the absence of war. Peace is the presence of goodwill. And God tells us we will not have goodwill – to God and neighbour – until we get a good heart.
There is only one problem. Jesus tells us our hearts – far from being capable of any innate good – is the depository of unlimited evil (Mark 7:14-23).
The Lord Jesus alone came to offer us true peace (Ephesians 2:14ff). He is the only who can take our incurable capacity to find fault by replacing it with new unthinkable heart for peace.
He is God’s doctor for our sick heart – be it our envy against a sibling, our bitterness against an enemy, our badmouthing of others, our lust of others, our greed of discontent or our pride of life – that stems from our proud heart against God (Romans 1:28-32).
The year is still young. It’s only the second week of January. Don’t risk another wasted year of warring. Allow Jesus to grant you true peace.
Maybe then you can lie and sleep in needed, belated and true peace like my cat and dog – not from fatigue – but from faith in Jesus, the peacemaker. Amen.