In the Eye of the Storm
By Vicki Molinari
Recently we experienceda storm... Hurricane Matthew, which worked its' way along Florida's entire East Coast.
The seriously strong winds whipped through our town, wreaking havoc on homes. Roofs were compromised. Trees were uprooted andthrown to the ground like mere twigs. Electric was lost for millions. Suddenly the smooth flow of normal came to a screeching halt.
Storms can be paralyzing. When they come, we often become gripped with fear, lacking confidence that things will be okay.
As with Hurricane Matthew, we had time to plan and prepare. We boarded up, bought food, gas and readied the generator. We were inconvenienced, but survived the aftermath with slight aggravation. We were thankful but I can honestly say I felt worried and was concerned.
Storms can also be unexpected and catch us completely by surprise. Tornadoes are a good example. With little time, a family runs to the underground shelter, hurries in and secures the door overhead, huddling there until the storm passes, gripped with fear.
Like hurricanes and tornadoes, the storms of life share great similarities. It is inevitable we will experience them at some time or another.
They come at us with time to prepare or can hit us with absolutely no notice. Where do we run for shelter when our world is shaken and our"normal" is suddenly ripped away from us?
How does a mommy tell the children daddy is not coming home because he was killed in Iraq? A miscarriage leaves a husband and wife childless after carrying the baby to nearly full-term. Cancer claims the life of a child after years of chemo treatments. Storms of life change our lives. Storms of life change us. How can we find peace in the eye of the storm?
I am confident, our peace can be found in God. It says in Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God". He is our peace, and our rest.
Peace is not just the absence of the storm, but rest in the middle of the storm.
Our local radio station recently played "Eye of the Storm" by Ryan Stephenson. Here is the chorus:
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control. In the middle of the war, You guard my soul. You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn. Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm. Powerful lyrics.
Have you found yourself in the middle of a storm? Maybe you are in one right now.
I am believing with you that you will find peace and rest when you call out to the Lord. Pray and commit the circumstance to Him. Ask the Lord for peace. Take Him at his word. Trust His word and the truth also offered in
Psalm 46. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble".