Peace When It's Hard
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” – Psalm 46:1-3
In a world filled with trials of many kinds, it is not often that we can make the claim that we are truly free from all troubles that this world will throw at us. For some, it’s family troubles, and for others, maybe it’s financial troubles. For some, they have trouble finding joy when it seems as though nothing in their life is going as it should. The psalmist draws a vivid metaphor for the troubles of this world, describing the earth opening up, great mountains crumbling into tormenting depths and towering waves of the seas roaring around us. Many times, it feels just like that. Our troubles often consume us and take over every aspect of our lives, especially when trauma reemerges or intensifies during the emotions and memories that the holiday season brings. But this verse begins with the hope of a God who is an “ever-present help,” and “a refuge and strength.” God’s great love, mercy and presence consume and overwhelm us with a sense of peace that transcends all understanding. He shelters us, protects us and guides us through each storm that we will face in this life. Let us take time this holiday season to rest in His peace when it’s hard.
Ian Da Silva