Peace Be Still

22 04 2010

“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” – Mark 4:39

Spring is the time of year when rain must fall.  With it we may also receive that occasional thunder storm, so it is important to stay on top of the weather forecast, after all what sista wants to get caught in the rain without her umbrella!!!!  Additionally, we all know that this time of year, the weather can change very quickly and if your not ready yo will get caught in a little rain storm. So imagine if the weather changed drastically while you were out on a boat!! Now I am not talking about it just starting to drizzle but thunderstorms!!!  Well this is exactly what happened in the above bible verse as Jesus and some of His disciples were out in a boat and a storm came out of nowhere.  You know the kind where the wind is blowing hard and the waves are going high and more than likely, water was coming into the boat which would ultimately mean that the boat they were in was going down!!  I don’t know about you but that would be pretty scary to me!!!  On top of all of that, imagine this; while all of that was going on, Jesus was sleeping peacefully on that boat. Imagine your reaction. I am sure I would have been just like the disciples; shocked.  Thinking to myself, how could anyone sleep through all of this!!!  So what did the disciples do?  They went and woke Jesus up and said, “Master, don’t you even care that we are about to drown?” –Mark 4:38

What did Jesus do?  He got up and stopped the wind by saying, Peace, be still,” and the winds stopped and the sea was calm again.  Why do I tell you all of this?  Well at the end of the day, this whole talk of peace and winds blowing and water coming in boats is all about trust!  For if we know who God is, we know that He is in control of every storm that comes into our lives. It is during the storms of life, when the wind and rain are the strongest that we MUST learn to be still and be able to sleep on that boat just as Jesus did.  How do we do that?  It is by not allowing yourself to worry, not becoming anxious, or depressed or angry but to trust that although God may not take away the problem, the ordeal, the issue; everything is happening for a reason and if we can just remain calm or sleep through it, God will keep you right in the middle of it all.  That is how we find the peace in our hearts that will help us stay calm until we get to the other side.  It calls us to

 “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean, not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Those that can find peace are those that can move from situation to situation and it never even touches them. Ya know the sista that never seems phased!  You know those that move from bitter to better!!  Well those are the folks that I used to sit back and wonder how does she do that!!!  Or how about the one that has a bad breakup today and moves on to start dating a better man tomorrow?  How does she do that?  Or how about the person that looses her job and can’t find one for like 6 months but she still seems cool?  That is that inner peace, that trust that Proverbs 3:5 speaks to when it says “trust in the Lord and to not lean on your own understanding.” Why?  Because if I look at things from my perspective I would not be able to trust the process!  If I look at the fact that I broke up with the man of my dreams yesterday, and then lean on my own understanding I  would stay depressed and think that was it for me!  However if choose to trust then I know that God can dream a bigger dream than I can even dream for myself.  Not just dream it, but also make it happen….Hence I have to give my own personal testimony here and say I could have never dreamed for my husband…THANK YOU LORD!!!!  OK I digress…..  OK how about when you get fired from a job, ya know your dream job, if you lean on your own understanding then you may think you will be homeless soon, but if you lean on trust instead, you know that somehow God will direct your path to a better opportunity.  I could go on but all of this simply means that all things (as you hhave heard me say in other blogs before) work together for the good but they only work if you choose to trust!!!  You choose to look for the good and find that peace that will help you remain calm right in the middle of that storm.  It is that trust that will allow you to sleep on that boat.   You see in our human understanding we will get all caught up in what is in front of us or we will look at things based on our own experiences, but when God is at work, His work is not based on our knowledge or experience.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.” – Isaiah 55:8

 Yes the first step toward living with inner peace is to choose to trust!   So let’s each stop limiting our possibilities by our own impossibilities.  Let’s take the roof of this mug and allow or selves to think that only the sky is the limit.  Let’s each choose to trust!   Shoot even on our dollar bills reads – In God we trust!

 “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom

 “If faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.” – Dean Inge

 “We walk by faith and not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

 “Faith is not belief without proof, it is trust without reservation,” – Unknown

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