Peace in the Storm18/02/22
Imagine living with no power… no heating or lighting, no internet… or more importantly, no kettle! As I write this, Storm Eunice is battering our country with gails and gusts up to 90mph for prolonged periods. One object just hit the window with a smack and trees are bowing dangerously to kiss the bemired earth. Some undoubtedly will be left without power, yet all of us remain powerless against such phenomenon.
The storm is raging outside, yet inside is peaceful. Or is it?
We all face storms of a different kind, some of which rise us as unexpectedly as an ocean wave and overwhelm us with the same intensity. The loss of a job or a loved one, illness, financial concern, work overload, anxiety about personal, national and world-wide events. The list is endless and we are all powerless to prevent the occurrence of such ‘storms’.
Yet there is one who is called the Prince of Peace, our Saviour Jesus. Long ago, as waves towered over them, exhausted fishermen desperately bailed out and struggled with their storm battered boat, fearing for their very lives. Yet they were not alone in their calamity, Jesus was in the boat with them. They struggled alone powerless against the storm they faced, before calling on the all powerful One for help.
God does not promise that we will not have to go through ‘storms’, but he does promise that He will be WITH US in them.
‘He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:39-41
Perhaps we too need to stop struggling with our storms and focus, not on our powerlessness, but on God, the one who is all powerful, will never leave us, will strengthen us for the journey and give us a peace that will overwhelm us and refresh our storm battered souls.
May you know peace, love and refreshment this half term as you rest in Him.