Peace in the midst of a storm | Faith | The Press and Standard

by | October 16, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: October 12, 2016 at 10:44 am

As the old adage goes, “There is peace in the midst of a storm.” However, when you are going through the storm, it seems as if peace is obsolete or nonexistent. It depends on how you look at it, or what is your faith level.
Just a few days ago, the treachery of Hurricane Matthew “took us by storm.” He left devastation and destruction in his path that will be remembered for a lifetime. Even though, in the United States, we experienced flooding, power outages, fallen trees, blown transformers, intermittent cell phone and Internet service, lack of water, and the list goes on, nothing can replace a life that has been lost. The lives that were lost in Haiti, Jamaica, and the United States are gone and cannot be reclaimed, but whatever material things that were lost can be replaced, possibly with bigger and better things.
As Matthew raged, the peace eventually came. At one point in South Carolina, we were expecting a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, but that didn’t happen. That was one example of peace in the midst of this storm. Can you imagine what would have happened had Matthew not lost some of his strength as he approached us?
No matter how challenging a storm may be, there is peace if you just take the time to find it. Thank God for the peace that He sent to calm Matthew because it could have been worst; we are better than blessed. No lives were lost in Colleton County. In the words of the Shunamite woman, “All is well.” However, we must continue to pray for those in this storm whose lot was not as fortunate as ours.
Just as we experience weather-related storms, we all have storms that rage in our lives that almost mimic those such as Hurricane Matthew. Well, what are some of these storms?
Maybe your car has been nothing except trouble, and you go to the dealership to apply for a loan to get a new or dependable used one, only to be told that you are a credit risk.
Your child has a large balance on his tuition, it’s close to the end of the first semester, and you don’t see the money in sight.
This morning you prepared the last meal that you had in your refrigerator and pantry, you have no money left in your purse or bank account, and you have several precious ones to feed for supper and other meals afterwards.
A very close relative in your family has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and you want to go see him or her, probably for the last time, but there is no time you can take off the job, and there is no money to afford a plane or train ticket.
You have worked for a company for the past 15 years with a near-perfect record, the company is downsizing, and you are among the first to be released; but you just bought a new home two years ago, and a new car recently. There is no severance pay.
Your daughter is repeatedly suspended from school, and she does not see what this is doing to her future outlook.
One of your children, who has been a model student and has been doing exceptionally well in college, has been arrested for on a felony charge.
After 20 years of what you thought was a solid marriage, your husband or wife has decided to go out and try a “new fling.”
Storms such as these can bring all kinds of fallout. There will be winds of persecution, criticism, loss, confusion, devastation, and destruction; floods of problems that will transform these storms to higher surges; damages that will be irreparable; and losses that can never be regained.
Even so, there can be peace in the midst of it all. Psalm 107:28-31(ESV) offers reassurance and peace; “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!”
When a storm is raging in your life, how can you see peace in the midst of it? Seek shelter and speak life in the following ways:
 Don’t worry; pray without ceasing.
 Trust God because He is your only source of real dependency.
 Read and believe the Word of God.
 Don’t be a doubter.
 Praise God in advance for the peace that He is going to send.
 Be careful with whom you share your storm. Not everyone is interested in listening to your problem.
 Lean on true, genuine prayer warriors, not those who just want to have a “gossip party.”
 Move on with your life each day as usual.
 Tell Satan to move out of your way.
 Sit back and watch God do His work.
 Share the testimony when you see the evidence of peace, and the rainbow comes at the end of the storm.
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!

(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at abrightcolumn@lowcountry.com)

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