Isn’t it ironic how we can make plans and then life comes along and gets the way?
Well, such was my life last week. I had written that I planned to catch up again with my WordPress friends, and very much looked forward to doing so. Sadly, I had another setback on the health front and had to take more time to rest. I still need to rest even now, but wanted to connect with you all — I have missed hearing how all of you are doing!
Also, this verse reminds me that the Lord will give each of His children the strength needed to contend with whatever life may throw at them on any particular day; further, He even gives us the opportunity to experience His supernatural peace while we often find ourselves completely enveloped by a storm. However, there is a place in the very midst of such difficulty that is calm and peaceful — it is simply a matter of finding it. This spot is called the eye of the storm.
An interesting note, though — the eye is the quietest and calmest place to be; it’s eerily quiet, in fact. However, the tricky thing is that storms are dynamic and keep moving, so that means that the eye of the storm is not a fixed geographical location, but is instead a place of relative peace and calm in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. While it certainly is not easy, we can stay in it (or near it) so long as we keep our eyes open and keep moving.
I’ve never once experienced a hurricane (and by God’s grace, will never have to do so), but from what I understand, they can be very quick; consequently, being in the eye of the storm can be dangerous if we simply become complacent, inattentive, and oblivious of what is going on around us. We must remain ever-vigilant, but also trusting in the One who can calm any storm with a simple Word.
It has always amazed me that the Christian life is one of balance — recognizing and honoring the Lord’s sovereignty over all people, places, forces, and things, but also noting that there is a very real place for us to respond to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our modeling trust in His will, wisdom in His ways, and obedience to His instructions. Put another way, life isn’t one end of the spiritual continuum or another (all God’s sovereignty or all my will), but a Spirit-led combination of the two: the very intersection of strength needed for the day at hand, plus the peace to navigate through the storms of life fully trusting in the Lord, come what may.
Yes, indeed, as the classic hymn goes, “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,” — that is our daily refrain of hope as believers, no?
Be well, dear friends!