Saturday, March 5, 2016

Let The Wind Blow

You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on You,
because he remains in You.
~Isaiah 26:3

The other day I looked out my living room window to see our wind-chimes protesting against a blustery grey sky. Trees, sturdy and tall, bowed incessantly to the gale forces of March in Illinois. A fugitive trash can—escaping who knows where—scurried not so furtively past.

Speaking of garbage…it’s not only March, it’s an election year.

These are windy, windy times, indeed.

And as I behold the tempests of weather and politics one thing is clear: The winds of change are always blowing.

But there is something else that intruded into my thoughts that squally afternoon. While I observed the tempestuous conditions outside, I was doing so from a position of complete serenity.

You see, the winds were outside, not inside. Certainly, I was aware of the external winds. I could see their effects and hear them at times. But the environment of my home, practically speaking, was unaffected. The external forces couldn’t cool my coffee, much less disrupt my calm. I was warm and safe. Actually, I was quite peaceful.

It seems to me that this experience serves as a metaphor for life.

I am persuaded that peace—inner calm—is to be the normative state of being for the one who follows Christ. Jesus says,
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).

How sad that so many who profess Christ do not possess Him as a refuge for the soul. That is, the external storms of culture sorely affect their state of mind. Rather than be filled with the Spirit’s love, joy, and peace; they reflect the moods of society—hate, anger, and conflict.

It’s as though they have no walls. Whatever happens around them happens within them. Consequently, they live in a state of perpetual agitation.

Are you at peace, dear reader? Is your life characterized by inner tranquility? Do you rest in Christ? If not, why not. What’s bugging you? Maybe you should ask your soul as David did his, “Why are you disquieted within me?” (Psalm 43:5).

The wonderfully good news is we need not live a fleshly, carnal life of inner turmoil. The fruit of peace flourishes in the one who takes Christ as His shelter and who trusts Him and His Way in every aspect of life.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you (2Thessalonians 3:16).

Don’t confuse peace with naiveté. Jesus doesn’t ask us to bury our head in the sand and pretend that ignorance is bliss. No. He wants us to realize that in the world there is tribulation but He has overcome the world and His victory is our victory. He wants us to trust Him even in the storm. 

Now…how about a little blast from the past?

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