Hello everyone! I truly hope and pray that your day is off to a great start…and that no matter what may rage around you; that you will truly come to see that there is peace in the midst of the storm…praise Him!
You know…most times we think of peace, as a time of rest…a time away from the world and the problems that associate us with the world; but peace is really a time, when we have a calm assurance that God has everything under control…a time when we can settle back and know in our hearts and minds; that our God will take care of us.
A Bible verse that has truly stuck with me over the years…and has brought peace to me many times; is found in John 14:27…and we read… “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
You know…the world’s definition of peace, is to be free from problems. They only identify with the word, “peace”, when everything seems to be going their way; but on the other hand, we as Christians should view the word “peace,” in a different way. We should be experiencing peace, even in the midst of the storm.
When a hurricane hits, the quietest part of the storm is in the midst or eye of the hurricane. Everything around the eye of the hurricane can be destructive but if someone was to enter the eye of the storm, they would find a calmness that would make them think that there was no storm at all. In a similar way, we need to remember that God’s peace can be found too, in the midst or eye of our storm. We don’t have to wait until the storm completely passes by, in order to experience God’s peace. The storm may seem fierce, as it rages around us but when we can discover a place, where we can rest in the peace of God; then we will find a shelter that will take us away from the blunt of the storm and sustain us.
Our storm today may seem as though it’s the strength of a thunderstorm, while other times, we may feel as if a hurricane is headed our direction; but one thing I know…we don’t have to allow ourselves to be beaten up by the effects of this storm…for there is a place where God can take us…a place where we don’t feel the effects of the storm…only His perfect peace and sustaining love…a peace that can surround us and become the shelter we need, until the storm has passed by.
As we walk through these troubled times, I pray that we will not allow our circumstances to whip us around and become destructive in our lives; but that we will seek God’s peace and pursue it; that we may discover a shelter, where we can be safe and filled with a perfect and lasting peace; that only comes from the presence of God.
Today, there may be a lot of things going through your mind…and you may even feel as if these thoughts are whipping you around; but may I encourage you to look up to the One, who can lift you up into the eye of this storm…to a place where you can truly find peace and a love…that can comfort and keep you, until the blunt of the storm has passed.
Have a great day everyone…and know that you are all in my daily prayers! Hold onto God…and I promise you one thing…He will never let go of you!
Many…many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain