Have you ever been through a life storm?
Terrifying and unpredictable your life is calm one minute and chaotic the next?
Unmet expectations, painful losses, messy circumstances and unresolved issues like tornadoes sweep in without warning overwhelming us with fear, anxiety and darkness.
In Luke 8 the disciples experienced this as they are rowing smoothly across a scenic lake little realizing a life-changing storm is brewing.
Their Master naps in the boat rear and all is calm.
Until it is not.
So far, they have witnessed Christ the Healer, listened to Christ the Teacher and walked miles with Christ the Miracle Worker.
But they had yet to meet Christ the Peace Speaker.
And, it is here in an anxiety filled fearful moment, they discover the purpose of those raging winds and dark skies.
They awakened Jesus letting Him know they were “going to drown.” They were wrong.
He stepped in and rebuked the wind then “the storm subsided and all was calm.”
Where faith was lacking the Faithful was present.
David proclaimed in Psalm 145 “The Lord is faithful to all of His promises and loving towards all He has made.”
No one is immune to storms.
Many people we encounter are smiling yet suffering deeply within from unimaginable heartache.
Seeing Christ or any positive purpose in our pain feels impossible when the waves are threatening our future and robbing us of hope and healing.
Brighter days seem only a fantasy.
Yet, the Peace Speaker stands ready to rebuke the chaos, restore peace and heal our hurts if we are willing to step aside, ask and truly believe He is able.
I have yet to experience a storm that I alone had the ability to calm.
Never. I have tried.
When those attempts failed I simply would deny my pain or try to numb it with alcohol.
Then I blamed the only One who could restore my soul and provide peace in the midst of my storm.
It is no surprise nine years ago I found myself at rock bottom on my knees faced pressed to the ground crying out 43 years of storms – disappointment, regrets, failures, bitterness, hurt, self-loathing, shame, guilt, pity and pain.
From rock bottom a woman can only see upward and it was here I finally decided “I will lift my eyes up to the hills – where does my help come from? My helps comes from the Lord” (Ps 121:1).
Yes, He who is faithful to all His promises vowed in my darkest moment that He “will not allow me to fall” (121:3) and would “keep me from all harm.” (121:7)
My experience is that within our greatest trials we learn our greatest lessons.
Only when we are willing to surrender to the Peace Speaker can healing come and hope be restored.
However, Christ is a gentleman and will never force Himself into our storms.
Yet He stands ready at the door waiting on us to “knock and the door will be opened.” (Matt 7:7) and beckons us to “Come to me, all who labor and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28).
I don’t know what storms you are going through today.
But be assured He knows.
And if you will step aside the Peace Speaker will step in with calm and peace.
To listen to this amazing song simply click on link underlined below (not the picture) entitled “The Peace Speaker – Heritage Singers”.