Finding Peace in the Storm
Today I had planned on posting a recipe for dairy-free chocolate ice cream... but I felt like today's post needed to feed your soul, not your sweet tooth. (Don't worry, the recipe will be posted later this week!) Where I live in beautiful British Columbia, we've had some much needed rain showers over the past few days. In a region where we usually get a lot of rain year-round, you know it's been too hot and too dry for too long when we are feeling deep-felt gratitude for every rain shower.
Personally, I felt such joy to see, hear, smell, and feel the rain come pouring down. Oh, that smell of rain. It gripped my soul and led me to my beautiful, new deck to just sit and breathe it in.
As I was sitting outside, undercover, watching the rain pour down all around me, I felt such a deep sense of peace. It was then that I realized the image of God as our shelter and our refuge.
So often in life we want to pray away our problems. We think that the only way to feel at peace is to have no conflict or struggles. But peace isn't the absence of problems, it's the presence of God amidst our problems.
Just as I was able to stay dry from the rain by sitting under a canopy, God gives us the shelter we need to feel at peace even when our world is falling down around us.
I realize now on a deeper level that as long as I'm underneath God's protection, I have no reason to feel fearful or to worry about what is going on around me. My hope and my peace and my strength is found by staying in God's shelter.
So today I leave you with Psalm 46 (emphasis mine):
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.