ome years ago, an international art competi-tion was held in which a large prize was offeredto the artist who, in the judges’ opinions, best de-picted the word “peace.” A large number of beautifully executed pic-tures were submitted. There were tranquil scenesfrom nature such as lovely lakes stretching intothe distance, also babies sleeping peacefully inrose gardens, carefree children playing in thewoods, and village people peacefully fellowship-ping in a quiet street. But the judges awarded theprize to none of these.There was one painting different from all therest. It depicted a wild storm pounding on rocks bythe sea shore. The clouds were black and heavy,the sea was roaring, the rain was beating down,and the lightning was flashing across the sky. Ittook little imagination to hear thunder rolling, andwaves crashing on the rocks. It was indeed nopeaceful scene. But nesting on a rock with a youngone peeping out from under her wing there wasseen a little seagull, unruffled and undisturbed bythe raging storm. To this picture the price was af-forded because it showed very impressively thatreal peace is an experience which does not dependon outward circumstances.The picture on the cover is a contemporary art-ist’s portrayal of the same idea. It is a fitting de-scription of the Christian who rests in God’s carein a world filled with turmoil and strife. As thosebirds quietly rest though the waves threaten to en-gulf the nest, so God’s true children rest in the as-surance that nothing can befall them except thatfor which the Almighty has made full provision,provided they have fully committed their lives toHis care. Notwithstanding outward circumstancesthey may encounter, they will enter into an experi-ence of inward rest in the power of the Almightywhich is fittingly described as His Sabbath rest.