He Calms the Storms

Jesus stood up and gave a command to the wind and the water. He said, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and the lake became calm. – (Mark 4:39, ERV)

He got up, shouted words into the wind, and commanded the waves. “That’s enough! Be still!” And immediately the wind died down to nothing, the waves stopped. – (Mark 4:39, VOICE)

 

Just as Jesus commanded the physical storm to be still as the disciples were attempting to cross to the shore, He will calm the storm in us as we seek to move in the direction to which we are called. It takes but a whisper from His Spirit, and all that is unsettled, suddenly becomes calm. The peace of God can come and comfort us, even when all that is around us is in turmoil or simply does not make sense. His love and comfort, though undeserved, always bring peace to a troubled heart. He who can calm the water and the wind with but a word, can settle the storm within us as well. God is good, and His faithfulness is unending, regardless of what we are experiencing in our own present circumstance. May we seek our Savior who can calm our storms within, and trust Him to bring peace in the places where the waves are overwhelming.

 

Be still my heart Lord,Sense in Storms

from all that’s within;

the wind and the waves,

that I’ve allowed in.

The trembling and fear,

where the unknown dwells;

please speak to it now,

so all shall be still.

It takes but a word,

spoken in Your love;

to settle the storm,

and trust You above.

There’s nothing on Earth,

nor anywhere else;

anyone can run,

to find peace themselves.

Please lead us Lord God,

through storms and in peace;

so we will seek You,

and our faith increase.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that not only can You calm the storms that surround us with but a word, but You can calm the storms within us and grant us Your peace. Thank You that there are times that the storms continue to rage on, but You whisper to our hearts and we are granted Your peace in spite of the storm. Forgive us for not seeking You, as You are the way to find rest and hope and peace where there seems to be none. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would know Your peace, even in the eye of the storm. Show us how to love others in such a way, that we too may be Your instruments of peace when they are in the throes of chaos. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You to calm the storms within us, no matter what we see. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. – 1 Peter 2:19

 

The Presentation of Peace

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27

These words were spoken by Jesus, to His disciples, in the upper room at the last supper.  He knew what lay before Him in the coming hours, yet His priority was to offer comfort and hope to His disciples.  He was not concerned for His own suffering, rather He was reminding His dear and devoted friends of what was true, regardless of how things appeared.  In this wonderful, yet sometimes challenging season, I too, find comfort in His word.  He is truth.  He is life.  In Him, we can place our trust and let fear be far from us.

Peace came and made His presence known

image by Stevan Lasorella

image by Stevan Lasorella

when He entered earth and left His throne.

Though Christ the King, His entry here,

in a meager stable, the babe came near.

No fanfare, nor an ornamental throne,

yet the heavens declared and made it known.

Unto us, the Son is given.

Unto us, we’d become forgiven.

The shepherds in the fields that night,

took in such a monumental sight.

For from the birth of one so small,

would come salvation, for us all.

Imagine, as upon Him they did gaze,

the awe and wonder, at the Ancient of Days.

God and King, yet infant child,

powerful and mighty, yet meek and mild.

He came to seek and save the lost,

He lived and loved and paid our cost.

Trouble and fear He’s overcome,

His peace He leaves, in Him, it’s done.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You alone are our Peace.  Thank You that Your very presence is the promised peace on which we can depend.  When fear and trouble come, help us trust in You.  Forgive us for allowing fear a foothold, and grant us strength to grasp the magnitude of Your love and grace.  Teach us to live each day as if it were our last, and to make each moment matter.  Thank You for the glorious gift of Your Son, Jesus, that provided the path for our salvation.  Lead us in love today and always, Lord, so that the light we share may lead many to come to call You King.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present