in the eye of the storm, you remain in control

“You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn. Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm…” 

Imagine that. Being lost at sea. In the middle of a downpour, lightning striking, waves thrashing all around. Your sails are torn, you have no idea where you are, and you are afraid. You are cold. You are alone. You are caught in the middle of the storm and you can’t see a way out. But in the midst of the chaos, in the midst of the cold, the fear, the despair – you know you are safe. You know that you are not lost but you are found and that you are not alone. You can kneel down through the inches of sea water that have filled your boat and pray. And as you pray you can feel Him. You can feel God’s presence surrounding you, wrapping you in love and peace. He whispers, “I hear your cries and feel your pain and I will never leave you.”

Most of us will never find ourselves lost at sea in the middle of a storm, not literally anyway. That’s almost unfathomable. But most of us have felt that way at one point or another. We’ve felt that we are isolated, alone, lost, and that we just can’t keep our heads above the waves much longer. Maybe it’s been loss. A tremendous loss of a loved one, a child even. Maybe it’s a severed relationship, a marriage that couldn’t be saved. Maybe it’s financial despair. The loss of a job, of a house, of everything you have worked so hard to provide for your family. Maybe it’s a loss of control. An addiction that you had beat, but recently slipped back into.Or maybe it’s just life. You try so hard to live a good Christian life; you try to be disciplined and sincere. You invest in the church, in others, in growing closer to God. You say and do all the right things, but by the end of the week you, once again, feel as though it will never be enough. You are not alone. So many of us go through this.

The biggest difference between Jessy now and Jessy three years ago, is that my identity is not found in my athletic career, nor in a man, nor in how I look or what I am doing, my identity is found in Christ alone. And because of that, whatever storm may come I know that it is just a season that will pass. It may be a cold, chaotic, scary season, but I am not alone. God is with me and though I may isolate myself from him due to fear or shame, I know that He is always near (Deuteronomy 31:6). He is always with you as well. You are a child of God and He loves you. He will never leave nor forsake you. No matter what your storm, his love surrounds you. In the eye of the storm, He remains in control. Find comfort in that. God loves you and I love you.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7

God bless beauties,

Jess

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