Peace in the Storm (And Blog INTRO)
BLOG POST INTRO: (My motivation for writing.)
When COVID-19 hit the news, and our lives began to take very different and uncertain changes, I felt compelled to share some encouragement with my adult children. What started with one text, quickly turned into a daily routine. As time has passed, the circle has grown from my immediate family to more. God has prompted others to share that text and encouraged me to begin an encouragement blog.
Life seems so discombobulated at this time. So many could use some encouragement; to stay focused on Jesus during a time when it's so easy to get distracted.
I hope this blog will bring you closer to Jesus as you dig into His Word and embrace your faith like never before.
His Word tells us he is ever-present, always available to us. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble." Psalms 46:1 NIV and NLT
So, here goes. My first blog post...
PEACE IN THE STORM
It's beginning to feel somewhat like spring. My sweet husband informed me that Friday starts Memorial Day weekend. I was astonished and could hardly believe it. It barely feels like winter has fully left us. God has brought us through another winter with its cold and storms.
It's true we are still in this COVID storm, so to speak. I think the analogy of a storm on the sea best fits where we find ourselves. I find it interesting to hear people say, "we are all in the same boat; we will ride it out together." While I agree we are all in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat. While others may be riding it out in comfort, I feel like this is my boat 🌊 🚣♀️ .
But it doesn't matter because my little boat is centered in the middle of the Creator's hands. And he's got the whole world in His hands, under His control!
I think of the response Jesus gave his disciples after they woke Him up during a storm at sea while they were together.
"When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Silence! Be still!' Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Mark 4:39-40 NLT
OK. Attention here. They are still.... in the Boat. Jesus just spoke peace into the storm, but they are still, in the boat, in the water. Jesus brings the calm IN THE BOAT.
While still in the situation, Jesus brings to us what we need for the situation we are in. "Peace, be still," fear, nerves, anxiety, frustration, Be Still! I pray calming Holy Spirit, please fill my boat today, In Jesus Name. "You calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves." Psalms 107:29 NLT