Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Not Shaken, Not Stirred

Let all that I am wait quietly before God...
He is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
Psalm 62:5

I can be shaken far too easily.
I survey all that is around me,
wanting to see calm seas surrounding
not only me, but also around every person
and every situation I am connected with.
My peace is often contingent on
my evaluation of those seas.
It doesn’t take a lot of wind to stir the waters.
My prayer is usually about calming 
whatever waters are swirling around,
but Jesus showed His disciples what
 He thought about choppy waters.
They didn’t matter a bit to Him;
their faith and trust in Him mattered.

I often think my prayers are heard
only if I see the storm being calmed.
My desire for calm waters has to give way
to a greater desire for a calm heart. 
He is always doing more than what we can see.

I can’t—and He won’t—calm the waters
every time they get choppy.
But I can—and He will—calm my heart.

“I’m leaving you well and whole.
That’s my parting gift to you. Peace."
John 14:27

He has left me well and whole.
He has left me with His peace.
I'm meditating on that truth today.

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