“As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.’”( LUKE 19:41-44)
This year in school, my son starts his day off with Student News. It's a five-minute-or-so recap of the previous day's headlines. At dinner each night, we discuss what he learned about current events. It's always interesting to hear his 11-year-old perspective on the world. He has been deeply troubled by the violence in Kenya and Syria that have taken over the news, as many others have been.
It reminds me of this passage from Luke and how we don't always recognize peace when we are the midst of it. Like the old adage, "Hindsight is 20/20." Turmoil and tumult don't have to be as glaringly obvious as a war or terrorist act. We deal with them every day from traffic to long lines in the supermarket to shortages in the bank account. What matters is how we respond to those moments. Do we offer a prayer of silent gratitude for what we do have, or do we complain and wail?
By finding peace in even the most difficult situations, we are putting on our God eyes; we are seeing the world the way God wants us to see it. We know peace when we look for the good in everything.