Did you know that it is possible to have peace in the midst of the storm?
Psalm 23 has been a consistent “go to” comforting passage for me over the years and still has an unparalleled capacity to calm my deepest fears and quiet my restless soul.
It starts out – “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Is He your shepherd today, friend? Ah, what peace floods my soul to know that God not only comforts me, but guides me. After all, that’s the role of a shepherd.
Verse 2 says, ” He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.”
What a tranquil visual that verse contains! It’s as if God is saying, “Come, quiet your anxious soul. Rest a while.”
I’m reminded of the New Testament verse that says:
“Take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:29
Verse 4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
If you find yourself in a storm today, I encourage you to read Psalm 23 and really absorb each verse, line by line. There is rest for your weary soul and nourishment for your thirsty spirit. God is the Friend, who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
God holds all power in His hands and He is able to calm your storm today. And should He choose not to calm the seas in your life, He promises to sustain you each step along the way. Many times we do not understand God’s timing and His ways but we are not called to understand. We are called to trust and obey instead.
When the storm clouds rage, I challenge you to focus on the One who holds the storm in His safe and loving hands. Focus on His power and not the power of the clouds that produce rain. Their power is limited. That is all they can produce. God’s power, however, is limitless and knows no bounds. It is His hands I am choosing to cling to in the storm.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” ~ Psalm 23:6