Today a friend* asked me what my next blog entry was going to be about. I paused. I had no idea. In fact, my mind drew a blank. The word I used to describe myself was “numb” but how I was feeling was at peace. I am at peace with my current situation. At peace with where I am as a person. It threw me for a loop. The second half of 2009 and into the new year, I have been focused on doing this and doing that. There has been a sense of urgency. I have also dealing with my current “battle” along with the fifty million other irons I have in the fire.
I woke up this morning and out of nowhere there it was – Peace. Phillipians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I don’t fully understand the whys, but I am peace. My heart and my mind are at peace. I have no wants at the moment, but truly content (which might I add is out of character for me). I am a busy person who usually cannot stand to be still and unproductive. After careful consideration, I assume that I must need this time of rest for what lies ahead. I am in the “eye of the storm”.
When people hear “the eye of the storm” they usually picture a hurricane or tornado. These storms kick up strong winds, create chaos and cause destruction. In the eye, winds are calm and sky is clear. The air pressure is significantly lower right before the storm’s onslaught resumes. It is during this brief moment that you can catch your breath, get your bearings, and prepare for what is yet to come.
You can look at the eye of the storm in one of two ways: 1) dreading that there is more to come or 2) rest, knowing that the storm is more than half over (and victory lies ahead). It’s not how you go into the storm that matters, but how you come out of it.
When you’re in the eye of the storm, rest in the peace of God. Take advantage of the decrease in outside pressures and renew your strength (Isaiah 40:31). Although the storm is not over, victory is near.
*Thanks again, John!