Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
The calm before the storm
One hot day, my family and I unknowingly drove directly toward a town where tornadoes were forecast. The car radio announcer yelled, “Take cover now, or die!” We immediately diverted our route and stopped in a different town to wait out the weather.
From a parking lot we watched the black clouds spawn another tornado. The air remained as still as a lifeless leaf. Then, without warning, a huge gust of wind shook the car. That second tornado, though small, touched down and damaged property behind us.
We all face storms in our personal lives: unknown circumstances, death or devastation, change or loss. In the midst, it can become hard to find a tranquil spot. For instance, we might take a walk to relieve anxiety. Some might use less favorable mechanisms such as drinking, using drugs, running away, or over-working. Others seek tranquility through the practice of yoga or transcendental meditation. We all crave peace, especially when our emotions become unstable during stormy circumstances.
The best calm in any storm is found in the presence of God Himself. Psalm 91:1-2 says: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’” Jesus desires that all of us should experience the peace of abiding in Him. His peace transcends our understanding, no matter what storm we face.
Lord, thank You for Your peaceful place of refuge. Forgive us when we look in the wrong places for peace of mind. Teach us to put our trust in You alone so we can thrive even when the storms of life rage around us. In Jesus’ name, amen.
(Reprinted from The Nature of God: Daily Devotionals Celebrating Summer)