In the world but not of it

September 30, 2010

The eye of the storm…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Exodus 14:14

When we think of being calm we typically think of being in a state of tranquility or peace. The word calm also has another meaning that is important for us to know.

This meaning, found in a common dictionary, is a period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity…

That is an interesting way to word it since we all face these types of conditions in our lives quite often.

When these types of conditions appear we have the tendency to react, panic and become anxious because we feel threatened and uneasy about them. When you hear about the eye of the storm in relation to a hurricane you typically are reminded that at the center of that storm the eye is a calm and steady place. Right at the center a peace is found in that eye and all the turmoil and disruption is going on around it.

As followers of Christ we have the assurance that when storms rage in our lives Christ is there at the center of them with us. He was on the boat during the storm that raged when the disciples were crossing the lake (Luke 8:22-25) and He is with us in every storm, at the center of it.

The difficulty always arises when we don’t see something happening or don’t know what to do ourselves. We are so accustomed by nature in trying to take matters into our own hands that trusting the Lord first seems overwhelming.

But that is exactly what the storms in life are designed to do. They are meant to shape us into people of trust and dependence upon the Lord not continued dependence upon ourselves. The humor in all this is that when you look back on your own life and how you have attempted to manage the storms you end up admitting how you really had no plan to do much of anything.

When you look back on how the Lord fought the battle and settled the storms you recall His working in such a way that only He could have orchestrated the events. Isn’t this what the Psalmist meant when he said, “be still and know that I am God”.

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