Thursday, January 29, 2015

Constant Calm Within

The same message came from various sources this morning during my daily quiet time. I found it in the entire Jan. 29th reading in Streams in the Desert, particularly in these words attributed to R. Leighton:  And when God is the center of a soul, although disasters may crowd in on all sides and roar like the waves of the sea, there is a constant calm within. The world can neither give nor take away this kind of peace.

I found it in the entire Jan. 29th reading in The Listening Heart, especially in these words: In Me are peace and calm and serenity. Be filled with all the fullness of Me. All is well.

And…I’d heard the same message the day before as I listened to Kay Arthur’s podcast, Who’s in the Boat with You?

Oh, how I needed those messages as the storms of life raged all around me, causing me to fear the future! Dear Reader, are you, too, in the middle of a storm—or see dark clouds forming on the horizon? Do you feel like you’re either going to sink or be swept away by the waves of troubles pounding hard against your small boat as you travel on the sea of life?

If so, there’s good news! We are not alone! Our God is in the boat with us. He has the power to calm the storms! He has the power to calm us! And He will if only we will focus on Him, if only we will see Him right beside us.

Let's let Him quiet our hearts as we read Matthew 8:23-27, John 14:1, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 65:7, and many other Scripture passages that assure us we can have constant calm within even when the storm is raging.

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed [focused] on you,
because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3, ESV

I was very grateful to have a knowledgeable, experienced captain at the helm of the boat headed into the Everglades and a portion of the Gulf of Mexico. I am infinitely more thankful to know Jesus is at the helm of my boat as I journey on the sea of  life. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Wonderful and so true!