“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I was sitting at work one day, a dreary, rainy, stormy kind of day, when I noticed something in the grass outside my window. As I moved closer to the window for a better look, I noticed it was a little rabbit. He was just sitting there, completely motionless except for the occasional nose twitch.
The rain was beating down so hard and the wind was blowing the fur up on his back. Yet he never moved. There was a picnic table only three feet away and I kept thinking to myself that surely he could at least get some cover from it, if he would just move. But he stayed. He stayed there for twenty minutes. The rain continued to beat down and soak him. The wind whipped all around him and yet he stood as still as a statue. I was fascinated by how he didn’t let what was going on around him distract him from what he was doing (although I’m still not sure what that was exactly…maybe protecting a nearby nest. I’ll never know).
I kept thinking to myself, how could he be so calm in the storm? Then I remembered a quote I read once:
“Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes God lets the storm rage and calms His child”
Just like the little rabbit outside my window, we have storms raging all around us from time to time in life. Not the windy, rainy type but divorce, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, financial burdens and so on. Sometimes God will remove that which is causing us pain but sometimes He will wait for us to call on Him and calm us from within so that we can face what is ahead and what is happening and show us that we never have to go it alone. We can let the storm beat us down and defeat us or we can let God calm our spirit and our mind so that we can handle the things that threaten us.
Call out to Him for shelter, for refuge. Let Him calm you.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91: 9-16