In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
How can we find peace for our souls when there is so much craziness going on around us?
When we were newlyweds, my husband and I got a yellow lab named Lucy. We thought we were just getting a pet, but what we really got was our first lessons in parenting.
It turns out that our dog was terrified of thunderstorms and came completely unglued at even the hint of an impending storm. We lived in Oklahoma, smack dab in the middle of Tornado Alley. Thunderstorms were very common, and they usually happened at night. During a storm, she would run around like crazy, tremble, and pant until she drooled all over the place.
We tried everything we could think of to calm and comfort our poor distressed dog. We crated her. Dogs are supposed to feel safe in their “den”. She went ballistic. We tried drugs the vet gave us. We even tried to let her sleep in our bed between us. She didn’t sleep. She stood over us and drooled making all three of us miserable. When all else failed, we put her in the garage so we could at least sleep even if she wouldn’t. She barked. She absolutely refused to be calmed no matter what we did.
She was safe, protected, loved; and yet she panicked herself into utter craziness.
Have you ever done that? I can relate to her terror. I also can get myself pretty worked up about things that appear threatening. I’m an expert at fear and unnecessary worrying. It feels wrong to me to be at peace in the midst of a storm. I feel like I’m not being a responsible person if I don’t panic. It helps me when others worry with me. If I’m the only one distressed about a particular situation and my husband is at peace, then I feel like I have to do all the worrying for the both of us. It’s hard to think rationally and logically when we are afraid.
The good news is that Jesus is the Lord of the Storm.
I love this story from Luke 8:22-25.
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
This is an encouraging and awe-inspiring example of Jesus removing the threat completely. He does that for us too. Sometimes He calms the storm.
But He also will allow the storm to continue sometimes. There may be more He wants to teach us or He is setting the stage for something else more wonderful than we can imagine. He may choose to let the storm rage around us and calm us from within instead. Sometimes He calms His child.
However, we must be willing to receive His peace. He can offer peace and we still choose to fret. We can be just like Lucy the Dog and refuse every attempt of His to calm us down. Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” The peace of Christ is to be like an umpire in our hearts alerting to us what is “safe” and what is “out”. And if Jesus is resting peacefully as our boat gets rocked violently, then we need to allow His peace to rule our hearts as well.
This is my prayer for you.
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Sometimes He Calms the Storm” by Scott Krippayne
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Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain the weary and equip people to live a life of faith filled with purpose.
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