In the service recently I asked the Lord for “a word” for the fellowship.
The phrase “stop trying” came to my mind along with a picture.
I saw a storm, like a tornado, a very violent storm.
In the middle of the storm was an area of peace and calm, where a lady was reclining on a hammock, reading a book and sipping a drink.
She was peaceful and calm, while the storm raged about her.
The Lord said that if we are in a storm in our life we need to stop trying to solve things in our own strength and just rest in Him.
If we trust the Lord and seek the Lord in times of trouble we can live in stat of calm and peace; yes, even in the storm we can be at peace.
I imagined myself next to the hammock in this picture and saw the storm in all directions when I looked in the horizontal, but when I looked upwards I saw a peaceful sky.
This is a picture of where we should look when in a storm.
We should raise our eyes upwards to the Lord; focus on Him and His goodness instead of focusing on the turmoil around us.
Isaiah wrote that we would keep ourselves in perfect peace if we kept our minds focussed on the Lord (Isaiah 26 v 3).
This verse exactly mirrors the picture I had in the service.
So, the next time you see a storm brewing or end up in the middle of a storm, look to the Lord and let Him keep you in peace.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that resting in you is my refuge against the storms of life”.
Isaiah 26 v 3…..Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusted in thee