Peace, Be Still

I went to bed last night feeling heavy-hearted and wondering how I would ever fall asleep.  Bob and I had stayed up until after two discussing a matter that was a burden and a cause for deep concern.  When my husband is upset, it really unsettles me because he is not a worrier at all.  We prayed about it and went to bed, and to my surprise, I fell asleep after all.

I usually tell all on this blog.  Today I will not go into specifics about this storm we are going through, but I will hasten to add that this morning God answered prayer and lifted the burden.  Bob was making coffee first thing when the Lord put His arm around his shoulder and whispered in his ear His plan.  Bob felt immediate peace, and so did I when he told me about it.  Peace, be still, the Lord had whispered.

Jesus slept soundly in the bottom of the boat.  He had preached to the multitudes all day and He was tired.  And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.   And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:35-41)

Their small boat and the other little ships that were with them were in trouble.  The wind was strong enough to capsize them and the waves spilled over them, filling the boats.  Many of the disciples were experienced fishermen.  They had been out in storms before, but this one was different.  They feared for their lives.   And there lay Jesus, peacefully sleeping.

A little thing like a “great storm” did not hinder His sleep.  It was not until the disciples cried out for His help that He even took notice of the storm, and for their sakes, calmed the wind and waves.  “Peace, be still!” He commanded the storm and suddenly it stopped.  So suddenly that the disciples knew it was not a coincidence that the storm had ended; but that it was Jesus Himself who had brought it to an abrupt halt.  There was calm—out on the water and in their hearts.

The Bible is full of examples of how God brought His people to the end of themselves and then miraculously stepped in and provided a way of escape; victory over enemies; calm after the storm.  The Israelites were caught between a pursuing army and the Red Sea when God parted the waters and provided a path to freedom.  (Exodus 14)  When King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were faced with a great army marching forth to destroy them, the Lord told them, “…Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (II Chronicles 20:15)  It is when we are at our most helpless that He comes in with His mighty power and grace to save and rescues us—and to Him be the glory!

There is no storm, no enemy, no problem that is too big for God.  There is nothing worth losing sleep over, when we trust in Him.  He has it all in His control.  The answer may not always come as quickly as it did for Bob and me this morning, but we can rest in the fact that He is faithful and able to calm every storm.

A song that has touched my heart is “Sometimes He Calms the Storm.”  The chorus goes:

Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered “Peace, be still.”
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean He will.
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild.
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child.

 Whether He calms the storm you are passing through, or He calms your heart, get a good night’s sleep.  He is whispering, “Peace, be still.”

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