Stay in the Stillness

Last night I was at a Bible study. I love that this particular Bible study has a time slot of silence where we can sit with the Lord and pray and ask Him to speak. Last night during the quiet I asked the Lord to speak.

He gave me a vision of a tornado, with me in the center, in the quiet stillness, the “eye” of the storm.

I heard Him say, “Peace, peace, daughter. As the storm whirls, stay still, right in the middle of it.” 

That hit me between the eyes. During the weekend, my husband and I had spat after spat after spat. If you’re married, I’m sure you might  had this happen once or twice (wink… ) It happened simply because he was very stressed out over a lot of work and deadlines, and he was sick. Instead of taking the understanding and compassionate route, I would respond to his irritation and accusations with my own anger and frustration, which would only escalate the problem.

So when the Lord spoke the above, I knew he was referring to the arguments we had had. Then I was reminded of Isaiah 43:2– 

“When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flame will not consume you.” 

 God is saying that no, He will protect us, protect our hearts and help us keep the peace that He promised us (John 14:27). We must put our hope in Him alone–and not in our own ability to “handle” a fight or a situation we don’t especially like by “stepping out of the stillness” and right into the storm in order to defend ourselves.  How often do we become “swept up” into an argument because of someone else’s attitude? 

Being offended or insulted always tempts me to walk into someone else’s storm. Through the vision, God was saying, “Stay in the stillness, where it is safe. Don’t add your anger to their storm.”

Romans 12:18
As much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”

Ephesians 4:26
“Be angry, but do not sin.” 

Ephesians 4:3
“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” 

Exodus 14:14
“The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” 

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Lord, help us stay in the middle where it’s safe, in Your sanctuary, in Your high tower, in Your name. May we not run off with our mouths, but stay still, stay silent, stay calm with Your peace. I pray we will make every effort to keep ourselves united in peace, trusting that this flame will not consume us, and You will fight for us. Thank You Jesus for making this way possible, just as You did not revile when you were reviled against.

1 Peter 2:23
He did not retaliate when He was insulted,
    nor threaten revenge when He suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
    who always judges fairly.

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(*Note: I am not talking about enduring physical abuse in silence. Please, if you or anyone you know is dealing with abuse of any kind, please talk about it and get help. I believe the Lord is referring how we respond to that person- in peace or in our own anger. Be angry, but do not sin.) 
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