I’m drawn again and again these days to photos of Owego,NY. In recent days the flood of 2011 completely devastated this small town and my heart is filled with sadness for these people. Many have loss everything. My eyes scan pictures looking for my childhood home knowing that it is surrounded by water.
think about these people.
Every day they wake up to another day of cleaning up and rebuilding.All around their eyes see loss.
So where is peace now?
Do our circumstances determine our peace? When you gaze at that relationship that no longer seems to be working, is peace even possible?
I believe so. We are promised a peace that passeth all understanding. (Phil.4:7)
But how, you might ask? How do you find peace in the midst of the mess?
A long time ago as a child of five I remember lying awake in bed. My Daddy wasn’t home yet. Although the hour grew late I just could not fall asleep. The shadows on my bedroom curtains loomed eerily at me. I jumped at every strange sound as I waited in the scary, darkness. I waited and waited.
And then I heard it. The sound of the front door opening and the hushed voices of my parents talking.
I immediately relaxed knowing that all was now well. My Daddy was home. Peace surrounded me on every side and my weary body dropped quickly off to sleep.
In the midst of every devastation there is a loving Presence. The One Who promises “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:9) has promised to make a way through any difficulty. He is not an absent Father. No, He is very present. He is with you.
He longs to be your comfort today no matter how difficult the situation.
Rest easy, my friend. He will make a Way for you.