There is a place in God – where storms will calm and winds be still ….. That place is in Jesus ….. It is the place called “Trust”- where we can rest from the problems that assail us. We are not denying that the “problem(s)” exist – rather we are looking beyond all our reason – looking for His help….. asking for His answers. I’ve been “there” – any number of times – and it’s quite likely that you who read this have been there too…… So, even though this that I am now writing may be a little “poetic” in wording, I hope to share here with you what I have learned over the years to do.
In everything we see or face we will find our Answer in that place – where storms are calmed and winds are stilled – because that’s where He IS – and we do not want to be found where He is not!….. He is not in strife, in turmoil, in reasonings. Still, He is available to us, but He does not walk in those things – they are not a part of who He is – (Recall that He was not in the earthquake, wind, or fire – but His voice was heard…..when Elijah got still!! – I Kings 19).
So to walk closely with Him in the midst of our need or the problems that we face – we must learn to “separate” ourselves from the turmoil, the strife, and the unrest that comes with the problem – even though those things may be waging a war in us and all around us….. and find our rest in Him….. For He IS our resting place….
But yet again – the winds (of adversity) and the turmoil, strife and unbelief come against me, to take me out of that resting place….. Do they succeed? In all honesty – Yes! – but their success is only temporary – because I see quickly that I do not like that place they take me to!! So, like Jonah – remember? – I will tell you…..
So like Jonah – he was in the belly of that whale……. a circumstance more desperate and seeming impossible than anything I’ve seen in a long long while (and then some!) But it says (Jonah 2:5-10 paraphrased) “when my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord….” and my prayer went up to Him – even with the voice of thanksgiving – (to Him who hears and answers prayers). Salvation is of the Lord I said….. And the Lord heard me and spoke to the fish” – and thus He delivered me – out of the midst of a deep sea and on to the dry land – where I could breathe again – out of the belly of that whale!
It is God’s heart that we remember Him when trouble shows up in some form in our life – even if we had a part in bringing it…… He cares for us -. and wants us to learn to cast our care on Him – and ask/seek to know His solution. We can turn to Him in all kinds of trouble….. It’s a choice – our choice – to turn to Him – best of course to do before we stir up and muddy the waters….. But even so, He can “fix our messes” – but the time can be made a lot shorter – and for us much easier – to ask Him into the situation in the first place.
There is a place of rest in Him – some call it “the secret place”….. another name could just be “Trust”.…. “trust in the Lord with all your heart – and lean not to your own understanding….. call on Him and He will direct your paths” – (aka He will give you the answers and direction that you need)!
There is a place in God where storms will calm and the winds be still – a place of safety and rest….. That place is in Jesus. Turn to Him, call on Him – and He will be there – there as your place of safety and rest.