Monday, March 28, 2016

A Picture of Peace by Guest Author Dianne Neal Matthews

Today's guest is doing a Giveaway to one winner this week. Leave a blog comment to enter your name to possibly win A copy of The One Year Women of the Bible.

One spring afternoon I rushed around like a mad woman, trying to fit in all the errands and grocery shopping before time for the kids to get home from school. My tight grip on the steering wheel and my tensed shoulders revealed the turmoil inside my mind.

I thought about all the problems I was facing: financial troubles, relationship difficulties, physical issues… Sure, life on this earth can be hard, but all these trials at the same time? It felt like my life had spiraled out of control. TWEET THIS

Suddenly I had the urge to bear down on the horn. The green light at the intersection ahead was plain as day, so why were we creeping along at a snail’s pace? As I got closer to the intersecting street, I saw the reason for the stop-and-go traffic.

A mother duck held her head high as she marched across five lanes of traffic, with four baby ducks in tow. The fuzzy ducklings waddled behind her with a steady rhythm in front of the stopped cars. Mesmerized, I stared at the procession and wondered, “How can they not be frightened when they’re surrounded on all sides by cars and city noise?”

That’s when I noticed how intently the mother duck stared at her destination—the other side of the street. Her ducklings kept in single file with their heads held high and eyes also fixed straight ahead. Suddenly I understood.

The secret to peace is to not look at my surroundings, but to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, “the author and perfecter” of my faith (Hebrews 12:2 NIV). The only way I can stay tranquil in the midst of turmoil is to concentrate on my Guide, the One who has promised to get me safely to my destination. TWEET THIS

Sometimes our life journey takes us to a place where we feel as though we’re trapped in the middle of a traffic jam, honking cars on every side. If we ask for God’s help, He will fill us with His peace that transcends our circumstances. Then we can hold our head high, fix our eyes on Jesus, and navigate our way to the peace and safety of His will. TWEET THIS

Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books, including The One Year Women of the Bible and Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. She and her husband have three children and three adorable grandchildren. To learn more, please visit

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Linda Sammaritan said...

Love this post. I've always wondered why I admired mother ducks in that situation. You analyzed it so well!

JustinaBaisleyWilson said...

This looks wonderful and would love to win this! Thank You for the chance! I shared it as well!

Christine Lindsay said...

Thank you ladies for your comments. I'll be gone a few days, but Dianne will check in. And no worries, I will do the drawing of the winning name when I get back.

Connie said...

Oh, I loved this post! If a duck and ducklings can maneuver through life surrounded by trials and danger and safely reach their destination, then why, oh, why, do we humans have such a hard time remembering what we should concentrate on and what our focus should be? No, it is WHO our focus should be!

Sara Goff said...

A beautiful post, not to be forgotten. Thank you.

Roelie (Ruth) Masek said...

A wonderful reminder that trust is imperative in our faith. It's who we focus on, not what. Thank you for sharing.

Kim Hampton said...

It's amazing how God can use certain scenes to open our eyes and give us a reminder of what is important. My mom had a similar thing happen. She had just lost her own mother and was depressed and praying for a sign. She has always loved baby chicks and driving down the road, she saw a mother hen in someone's yard spread her wings wide, and all her babies run and take cover under them. It reminded her of the song "Sheltered in the Arms of God" by Dottie Rambo, and she knew her mother was under God's wings at that very moment.
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Dianne Neal Matthews said...

Thank you all so much for your comments and encouragement! I couldn't figure out how to respond individually, but Christine and I appreciate each and every one of you stopping by.