The world seems to be a raging sea in a relentless storm. There are storms of war, famine, disease, natural disaster, political difference, family brokenness, and more, and the waves are threatening to overtake us. What do we do in times like these? Where do we look for help and hope? Where do we look for peace? How do we withstand the storms?
We need to make sure our foundation is firm—this is what will enable us to stand on the sea as if it is solid rather than raging. If we are planted firmly on Christ as our foundation, then we are planted firmly upon the Rock. Though the rains come, and the winds blow, He will not be defeated, and we will not fall. The storms may not dissipate, but our fear and anxiety can, if we keep our eyes fixed ahead on the One stretching out His hand to us, urging us to trust Him, offering us His peace.
Just before Jesus was crucified, He spoke these words to His followers: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 1 Jesus conquered sin and death, and He makes His power available in our lives. Yes, we live in a broken, fallen world, but He can lift us up and bring us healing. He can bring a great calm to us in the midst of the storms.
We can scale the highest height, descend into the deepest deep, and traverse the darkest night because there is nowhere we can go where He is not.2 He whispers peace to our anguished hearts and weary souls. He whispers peace to our racing minds and trembling bodies.
Peace, be still.
Peace, with Him.
Be with Him.
Peace, be still, with Him.
Stand on the Sea You can stand on the sea, with eyes kept on Me; I am with you in the midst of the storm. Look up, don't look down. I'll never let you drown; I am with you in the midst of the storm. Fears will rise. Child, lift your eyes; Look at me in the midst of the storm. Courageous and strong, With me you belong; Look at me in the midst of the storm. Cares pile heavy, high, and wide. Child, it is I who's by your side, Who holds you in the midst of the storm. Winds will rage both day and night, And you'll feel too weak to fight; But I am with you in the midst of the storm. Stand on the sea, child. Look at me, child, In the midst of the storm, in the midst of the sea. You can endure. You can stand. And you’re safe. Hold my hand. In the middle of the storm, my child, stand on the sea.3
1 John 16:33 taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, ©1982 by Thomas Nelson.
2 See Psalm 139:7–12 and Romans 8:35–39.
3 “Stand on the Sea,” Francee Strain, ©2021. These are some words of peace He spoke to my heart.
©Text and photo Francee Strain, August 21, 2021