“Your LOVE surrounds me when my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror, there Your voice will ROAR
Come death or shadow, God I know Your light will MEET me there
When fear comes knocking, there You’ll be my GUARD
When day breeds trouble, there You’ll hold my HEART
Come storm or battle, God I know Your PEACE will meet me there”
– Prince of Peace, Hillsong UNITED
Storms, both literal and metaphoric, seem to carry a shock factor with them. You never know how big or small they’re going be and sometimes you never see them coming. And whilst shocking, it’s what happens after the storm that is significant and even life changing. It’s the aftermath that takes so much longer to recover from. After the attention has worn off, it’s dropped from the headlines and from being at the forefront of people’s minds – that’s when it gets real.
Philippians 4:4-6 says, “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.”
As Christians we are called to walk in faith no matter what we see and face and whilst He doesn’t promise us a perfect life, we belong to a God who knows what we’re going through. He sees everything. His Word actually tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world, in all of its beauty and chaos. Whilst we may feel alone at times, we have a God who promises that He will never leave us or forsake us.
So no matter what storm or aftermath you’re facing right now, I’m praying that as you walk this out, that your faith would be based on the God who sees, not on what you can see. You are not alone, nor forsaken and I’m praying that He will bless you with peace beyond what you can even understand, that your heart would be stilled and know that He is God and He is with you.
“Oh, be still my heart
And my soul will ever know that You are God
And You heard my prayer “
We are still thinking of the people who have braved the many storms and tragedies around the world recently and everything you continue to deal with after the storm has passed. We wanted to share with you a recording of our song ‘Prince of Peace’ from Houston, who we know are one of the many cities dealing with the aftermath of a storm. Our hope and prayer is that you can find peace and He meets you where you need.
Taya Smith 🙂