Close your eyes for a moment and visualise the most peaceful scene you can imagine. Is it beside a perfectly still lake, with wildflowers growing along the banks and sweet little birds singing somewhere in the trees? Or is it high up in the mountains, breathing in fresh, clean air? Those are the ways most people picture peace.
Years ago, in our family home, we had a large, framed photograph of a lighthouse out at sea. A storm was raging and the lighthouse was being battered by waves. Just behind the lighthouse, a gigantic wave had risen up, and had begun to break around the sides and even up over the top of the lighthouse. But that wasn’t the most dramatic thing about the photograph. What really caught one’s attention was the man standing, nonchalant, hands in his pockets while the storm raged around him.
He knew with absolute certainty that although the storm might rage around him, the waves might crash right over the top of him, he was standing on solid ground that could not be shaken. That’s peace.
It’s what we have in Jesus Christ! Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
“The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29:11
“So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!”Psalm 46:2-3
If you need peace today, remember the ‘Solid Rock’ on which you stand – Jesus! He will never fail you. The storm may rage around you, you may even get a little wet, but you will not be shaken!
Jill McIlreavy 💜