Finding Peace in the Storm

 I do not know about you, but the last few months have brought on uncertainties that I never imagined.  In just three short months, our world shifted and changed bringing with it a slew of fear.  A fear of contact and touch.  A fear of the world ending.  A fear of economic failure and financial ruin.  In the face of fear, where did you run too?  Can I be honest?  I tried at first to keep myself grounded.  I went for walks in the evening.  I tried to eat balanced meals.  I read scripture and prayed.  I even went through a beautiful process of healing and restoration.  However, as the time crept on, isolation settled in and I began to waver and look for other fulfilling outlets like retail therapy and sugary delights.  Do not judge me.  I know some of you will understand the Amazon struggle (not to mention being quarantined with my daughter who is a savory chef).  As I began to find comfort in these other things, I pulled away from the comfort of the Holy Spirit a little.  Believe me; I need the Holy Spirit present to convict when I am trying to “check out”.  Whatever your vice is, we can begin to adjust our ears to it and it appears to call louder than the Holy Spirit if we are not careful.  You see, my emotions need to be subject to the Spirit.  My fears needed to be conquered through the security of knowing all things were in the hands of the one who gave me life and called me his own… not merely shoved down and ignored by the comforts of retail therapy or sugar.  Let us be honest, our vices ultimately just leave us emptier than before.

Perhaps some of you felt the isolation, were scared of becoming ill, or even dying.  Maybe you had an inability to see an aging parent in a nursing home or felt awkward talking to someone at the grocery store because of the debate over masks and social distancing.  No matter what the fear has been, I am here to remind you that the one, who holds it all, is holding onto you.  He sees the fear, unrest, and uncertainty.  He is calling to you, “come and rest” daughter.

Natalie Grant wrote in her song ‘King of the World’:

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget you’ve always been the king of the world
You will always be the king of the world

I urge you sisters to nestle into his arms.  Let the words of scripture and His all-consuming embrace surround you.  Take a few deep breaths and breathe Him in.  Invite Him into your space and offer an exchange…your burdens for His grace.  My sister, you are loved deeply, and He wants nothing more than to spend some time with you and share the secrets of His heart with you.  I pray that you find His peace in the coming weeks.

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”  Psalm 94:1

Shalom, Michele Sellers



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