And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11b-12, NKJV
Have you ever experienced this? All around you, things are shaking, burning, blowing away. Your world seems impossible to live in any more. And yet...when you turn to God, He's right there. He's not the noise or pain or fear--He's the still, small, voice. Strong, yet gentle. Unshaken. Peaceful. Loving. Freeing.
Something like this happened to me when I was pretty sick lately. Feeling too weak to move or do anything for myself, I turned to Him, saying, "Hey, God?"
All He said was, "I'm here." Almost instant peace settled over me. He was there in the middle of the storm with me. Calm and comforting.
Then I "saw" something like a picture of a carved stone bench beside a garden path. A tree and lots of other green foliage grew behind the bench, and maybe there was a little brook back behind it too. A peaceful setting. Beautiful. And so I rested in that place where He is.
Are you often in the middle of a storm? Do you need His peace that passes understanding? You can go there with Him, too. That was "my" place of peace with Him, but He has one designed just for you too.
Precious Lord, please show those who ask of You their peaceful place. You know we all need it, need You. Thank You, precious Jesus. Amen.