Going to Work
In 1973 I went to work for the first time at Sherrer’s Drive-in East. This was pre-McDonald’s days and Sherrer’s was the only restaurant in town that had two convenient busy locations. I found even though the job was tough, going to work brought a lot of peace. When I got my first hard earned check for $14.63 I went to a local variety store and bought a painting of a peaceful place - a bridge surrounded by trees and sunshine. Looking at the painting brought a lot of peace throughout the years. It seemed to take me to a place of peace in my mind. There is an old county song that speaks of a young lady going to work to escape her problems and find peace. “Yeah when the whistle blows I'll be there, all this hurt in life don’t seem fair, but right now I’m going to work.” Work has been proven to be therapeutic and peaceful for many. Peace is something working and non-working people both want to find. There is a place where all can find peace in the midst of chaos and hurt when we think life isn’t fair. The peace I speak of is nothing that we have to work to receive. No amount of money can purchase it. It is not simply a peaceful place that we find to escape to in our minds. The Bible tells us to seek peace and pursue it. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God thinks peaceful thoughts toward us. Jesus took that peaceful thought even further telling us that He leaves us His peace, He gives it. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 As we enter into this Easter season and reflect on the work Jesus completed on the cross may we each find not only the salvation that He died to make available to all mankind, but also the peace that He offers freely to all who seek it.