Psalms 27:5 (New International Version)
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
As humans beings, we all face trouble. If not daily, then at least weekly! But then, that's what Jesus warned us of: In this world you will have trouble.
This can take a toll at us, especially when some of these "troubles" are in the hurricane category. Still, amidst all of this turmoil, we can find safety and peace in God who will sustain us. Consider the following example:
It can be freezing outside in the Reykjavik region of Iceland, but once in the Blue Lagoon, the geothermally-heated seawater keeps you quite warm and safe at 98 to 102 degrees. No dangers lurked here. Even the bacteria common to man cannot life in this water! No chlorine is needed! Amazingly, once you are in the water, the water so thoroughly relaxes you that worries seem to evaporate to nothingness.
At the lagoon, six million liters of geothermal-heated water, consisting of two parts saltwater and one part freshwater, are renewed every forty hours. The water contains minerals, silica and algae, which is proposed to work wonders on skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis, and a horde of diseases.
What is even more astounding is that the Blue Lagoon is located right between 2 continents. Two tectonic plates, the Eurasian plate and the North American plate, meet nearby the Blue Lagoon, and are closely associated with Iceland's active volcanic systems. Although stress may be experienced deep in the earth, once in the Blue Lagoon, we don't even remember it. We are perfectly at peace amidst elements that could otherwise take their toll on us.
This is what King David is referring to when he wrote Psalms 27:5. We can be at rest amidst the storms of our life if we leave everything we face in God's hands. We don't need to be in control! God is!
Sunday night we had a storm pass through. It was the kind of storm with almost unending lightning. As we found one thing after another that was destroyed by the lighting strike the turmoil mounted. We truly felt the strain on the outside and completely empty on the inside. But the peace that we had is that we can rest in the presence of God, basking in His restoring power. He revives us, He fills me with inner peace, and He reassures us that everything is O.K. He is in charge and He will never let us down.
No matter what the outlook is before us we can still look forward to hiding in the shelter of His presence. We are truly as peace with Him.
Dear Lord we pray today that we would take the chance to share the peace that we have through You. We thank You for the peace that You give to each of us. I Jesus’ Name, Amen.