“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
– William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
But as it is written in the Scriptures:
“No one has ever seen this,
and no one has ever heard about it.
No one has ever imagined
what God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
Game Changer: noun. A newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.
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 were 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 lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, 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.’
What makes this story so different? It is the fact that many of us, when we assess life and look around us, we react in exactly the same way as the people who saw the first picture. We think that for something to happen, everything must be perfect. For there to be improvement, literally EVERYTHING has to be going right. What we don’t realize is that it doesn’t necessarily mean that. Life is more like the second painting. What happens outside should not really affect us. Like what Shakespeare said when he wrote Julius Caesar, it is not in the stars to make of life what it should be. It is up to us to make it what it should be. If we’re placed in the middle of a raging waterfall, it is up to us to make a nest. Not a bare nest that is pushed around in the middle of the waterfall, but a nest filled with promise of new life. Let’s build our nests. Let’s create a promise of better things. Not because things are perfect, but because that is how God wants it to be, and we are His hands and feet in this world.