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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Eye Of The Storm

I love that old song, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." It reminds me of our heavenly Father who cares so much about us. He attends to each one of us meticulously in so many different ways. Not like a nurse in a hospital who has seen patient after patient and lacks the capacity to even notice the needs of the patients. She has a list of duties to attend to. She lacks energy and focus. That's humane nature.Our God is not like that. He is ever present always looking out for our good. He can know what we need before we even ask or think. Storms are a very part of our lives. We live close to Kansas, Oklahoma and Joplin so storms are something we see a lot. In history we learned that in a hurricane storm there is a quiet place.

Often, we look for joy in the morning after the dark of night, or calm after the storm passes, however, 
sometimes peace is to be had right there in the middle of the storm.
In Matthew 14:24-25, we see the disciples stuck on a boat literally in the middle of a storm. They don't 
even get an opportunity/think to call on Jesus before he is making his way out to meet them. Jesus could 
have canceled the storm from shore, but he, the Prince of Peace, went out to meet them in the middle of 
the storm
.Psalm 29:11
The LORD blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 34:14
*Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 32:17
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence for ever.
Psalm 37:37
Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.
Psalm 85:8
*I will listen to what God the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints--but let them not return to folly.
Psalm 119:165
*Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

We have been through many storms in our lives and God has always been faithful! Recently, after we took the pastorate in Carthage our church went through a transition, then the parsonage had black mold. God blessed us with what I call our "Eye in the Storm" We have found so much peace in this place. I know the Peace Maker, but he also has blessed us with a Peaceful place to rest in the midst of our storm.