“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place
where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things
and still be calm in your heart.”
Peace in the storm. That sounds sort of contradictory, doesn’t it? But think about it. Do storms and peace have to be mutually exclusive?
Well, maybe the storm itself does not embody peace, but the storm has no bearing on whether or not peace exists in one’s heart. External circumstances do not determine internal feelings.
The presence of something bad does not necessarily mean the absence of anything good.
It is only in experiencing the storms of life that you can truly know what peace feels like. And it’s even necessary sometimes to go through the storm in order that you can learn what peace is and attain it through the journey. I’m thinking that Peter really understood peace like never before after his experience on the lake with Jesus.
Personally, I know that some of my best and most beneficial lessons on peace came during some of the worst and most troubling times in my life. Yes, it’s hard, and I wish it didn’t have to be that way, but the things in life worth attaining are rarely easy pickings.
Life is not going to be without its customary hardships and struggles, but it’s also guaranteed that we aren’t alone in them or without any source of help.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the
shadow of the Almighty.
I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you. Be still and know that I am God.”
(Psalms 91:1; 16:8; 27:1; 23:4; 32:7-8; 46:10 NLT)
Knowing there is someone beside me every moment of my life to walk with me through the hard times means that I can grab hold of that elusive peace and find a place of divine calm and tranquility even in the midst of the raging storm. It gives hope of ultimate victory waiting just beyond the storm clouds.
Knowing this makes it possible to find true, lasting peace, no matter what the circumstance.
Do you have a personal story of how you found peace in the storm?
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