Christians, recently during a time of praise and worship, we were singing about God being a good Father, how He calls us deeper, and what arose in my spirit was: He is calling us deeper, to the ‘Eye of the Storm’. I’ve lived in the Midwest all my life, I’ve heard the warning sirens go off, I’ve huddled in the basement a time or two in my youth. Storms are dangerous, storms are destructive, storms are deadly. Why would He want me in the center of that?
To better understand His invitation I leave the midwest weather and head south, I look to the hurricane. A hurricane has a very clear eye, it can be from 20 to 40 miles wide and it is completely CALM in the eye of the storm. I was reading different definitions and descriptions about the eye of the storm and there is an “eyewall” right on the edge of the eye of the storm and it has the highest winds and is the most dangerous. So when God calls us to center ourselves in the eye, He is asking us to press through the deepest, darkest, most deadly aspects of our storm, to reach peace and calm.
I have been in a number of storms in my life. I have experienced the feelings of everything spinning about, things out of your control, things you wish you could stop. I have felt the hopeless feelings, I have felt the darkness closing in, I have felt the enemy lying to me that this storm will never end. I have also found myself, at peace, having been drawn into the eye, I have been in the still and the calm. Everything was still a mess around me, but I was standing on sure solid ground, with nothing but a sense of utmost peace in the midst.
God did not design us to stand in the storm, He designed us to rest in the eye. When people do drastic things, when people end their life, when people hurt others, they are just trying to get their “storms” to stop. God’s promises are true, God’s desire is pure towards us, but we cannot embrace His goodness, when we are caught up in madness, that is why it is crucial to get to the eye. There is a reason that God gives us a “peace that surpasses all understanding.”
Whether your health is in trouble, or your kids are living wild, whether you’ve been used, abused, or mistreated. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, fornication, violence, or extreme hate for everyone and everything. Maybe you have lost it all, house, car, job, family, or you have it all and you are afraid you will lose it all. Whatever the enemy is using to be caught in the storms of this life, there is a peace that will not make sense to anyone who sees your life, in the eye of the storm.
So if you have been standing in the storm and it has been knocking you down and around, all over town, let’s get out of the weather. Father God, we pray that you give us eyes to see, and ears to hear your voice, calling, from the midst of our storm. We pray that you would shine a light in the darkness, illuminate our path, and guide us through the most challenging parts of this test or trial, to the eye of the storm. We pray that as we press on through, whatever challenges we face, you bestow upon us the promise of a peace that is above it all. We pray that as we remain centered with you, you help us walk through this storm, in peace, until the winds and waves calm, and the storm dissipates, keep us rooted and grounded in love and in you. May our lives become living testimonies to others, as we lead them to you, in Jesus name, Amen.
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] John 16:33 (AMP)
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2017