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.
If you're struggling today, be still and remember that with God as your fortress, you have no reason to fear.