hen they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. – Psalm 107:28-29 (ESV)
Today, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I sit here like many of you waiting to see what Hurricane Isaac will bring to us here in the south. Most of the media coverage has been centered around the City of New Orleans with the emphasis being on whether or not the improvements made by man to the levees would hold up to the test of this raging storm.
As I watched the news coverage of the events of the day, I could not help but think of a song written by Stephen R. Adams entitled, “Peace In The Midst of The Storm”.
Peace In The Midst Of The Storm
by Stephen R. Adams
There is peace in the midst of my storm-tossed life
Oh there's an Anchor, there's a Rock to cast my faith upon.
Jesus rides in my vessel so I'll fear no alarm.
He gives me peace In the midst of my storm.
When the world that I've been living in collapses at my feet,
When my life is shattered and torn.
Tho' I'm windswept and battered I can cling to His cross.
And find peace in the midst of my storm.
When in twenty-four short hours, years of living are brought to moments.
And when life's final picture is taking form.
In the dark-room of my suffering there's a Light comes shining through,
He gives me peace in the midst of my storm
When my body has been broken, 'til it's wracked in misery.
When all the doctors shake their heads, and look forlorn.
Jesus comes to make my bedside a cathedral of hope and love,
He sends His peace right in the midst of my storm
CCLI Song # 23660
Stephen R. Adams
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Whether the storms that we face are hurricanes, physical illness, mental illness, addictions, family struggles, prodigal children, or any others that you could list here, the truth is that there can be peace in the midst of the storm. When I am reminded that our God will never leave us nor forsake us, that brings peace. He will guide us through the storms of this life.
The Psalmist understood this truth as well as he declared in Psalm 107:28-29 (listed above) that when the people cried out in their distress that God delivered them and that He made the storm be still.
May we understand this truth once again as we wait on our God to make this storm, Isaac, along with other storms in our lives be STILL!!! In the meantime, remember as Stephen Adams stated in his song, there is peace in the midst of the storm.