No matter what life brings, no matter what storms come our way, we know that God will work all things out for good for those of us who love him and are called according to his good purpose(Rom 8:28)! And we know in the midst of walking out every situation and circumstance, we can have a heart settled with the peace that Jesus provides. He himself said in John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

The world can give us plenty of opportunities to be troubled and afraid; storms and trials can pop up out of nowhere, bringing clouds and rain into our seemingly blue sky moments. This reminds me of the time I was out on a boat with my father and my grandfather in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Georgia. We had just set out for a little outing; the weather was beautiful. Then suddenly, clouds rolled in, storms broke out, waves tossed, and hail and rain pelted us. My father made me crawl down between the passenger seat and the console in front of it, while he and my grandfather guided us safely back in to shore. I remember the adrenaline rush of the moment; I saw the urgency in my father’s and my grandfather’s eyes to get us to safety. Though I felt tossed around by our situation, I wasn’t shaken internally, because I trusted my dad to bring us through.

Life can be like that can’t it? As we remember 9-11 and the storm of that day that rose up and shattered our sense of safety in the world and took precious lives; as we look back on this past week of fires in our community here in Austin; as we reflect on our current economic times; and even as we look at our own emotional, physical and personal struggles – we see that storms and trials can rise up and attempt to rock our worlds and steal our peace.

Just as I found safety and peace in the wisdom of my father and the shelter he provided, despite the storm we faced, we can find safety in the wisdom and peace our heavenly father provides in the midst of life’s challenges. Victory comes in Jesus; in Him we can rise up and keep going – through the strength, wisdom and peace he provides.

 If you are facing storms today or are dealing emotionally with the storms of the past, I pray God’s comfort, healing, peace and joy abound in your life today and bring restoration to your heart, as well as a new outlook and hope for the future to be brighter.

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