I like to watch true stories of survival on television at times, I was doing just that one day when I saw a story about a couple who were on a vacation on their boat and survived a pirate attack.
It told how the pirates came onto their boat, tied them up, with the intention of killing them by burning their boat once they had removed all the items they wanted to take.
The man said something that caught my attention; he said, ‘I was able to remain calm because my partner remained calm.’
He was talking about his wife, he knew if his wife didn’t remain calm, became upset and was injured or killed that he would have been unable to remain calm as well. If that would have happened they would have both died.
I have a friend, a spiritual friend. We are probably less alike than any two people I know. But spiritually speaking, we are both headed for the same destination. Fulfillment of destiny. Because of this common goal, when times come that she is discouraged, I can pick her up and when times come that I want to give up, she picks me up.
We have been a constant in each other’s lives for several years. I am thankful for a friend, a partner that remains calm in the attacks…just as the man said, it helps me have a clear perspective as well and I can be calm under pressure.
Perhaps you have a friend like that, maybe you don’t. I went through many years when I did not have a friend like that and even though I do now, I am not often in her company, therefore I depend consistently and constantly on God, on Jesus and on the Holy Spirit.
I was thinking about all this one day after I watched the segment on television about the pirate attack. It made me think of Matthew 8; where Jesus and the disciples got in the boat to go to the other side. What did Jesus do? He lay down and went to sleep. Then a storm arose.
Jesus continued to sleep but the disciples were having a fit because Jesus was sleeping. They thought Jesus should be doing what they were doing, up watching the storm, praying or something. But Jesus apparently thought they should be doing what He was doing…sleeping…resting through the storm.
You see, we too have a partner who remains calm in the storm. We have a partner who is never surprised at what comes up or what is thrown our way. Why? Because He already knows the outcome…as should we if we have read the end of the Book. He sleeps; He rests through the storm when it is time to rest. If it was time to pray, He would have been praying. But you see He had already spent time with the Father, He had no reason to fear; He had every reason to remain calm and rest.
We can and should walk in this same type of peace. How many times have you stayed up all night worrying about something? How many times have you stayed awake all night trying to work out how to fix a problem in your own strength? How many times have you been anxious when the word says, ‘stay in peace, trust God?’ For me, it has been many times.
For me, not so much these days, I am able to remain calm because my partner remains calm. I can think clearly because my partner thinks clearly. What a profound truth. How is my partner? Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We see bracelets and signs all over the place that shout, ‘what would Jesus Do?’ We know what Jesus would do, we have read it in His word, and it’s time we do the same. Sleep…rest during the storm, just like our Partner.
Prayer for today: Father, help me to remain calm. Help me to hold on to your word and trust in you. You are faithful God. I will rest in the storm. In Jesus name. Amen.