Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I've Got Peace Like a...River With Raging Rapids?


  I guess this is just a rhetorical question, but do you have any idea as to how hard having peace of mind is? There is so much to think about, so much to surmise about, so much to WORRY about.  Before you start sending me verses on how wrong it is to worry, just let me say this--you know you do it too! I'm one of those who seems pretty calm on the outside, but deals with emotions mostly internally; hence, one of the reasons I have high blood pressure.
   How many times have you heard the song:

      I've got peace like a river
      I've got peace like a river
      I've got peace like a river in my soul!
I've seen some peaceful rivers, but I've also seen some rivers that have twists and turns and raging rapids.  I was just reading a story today about a family that took a ride on the Nile River in a rubber raft. The mother in the story was enjoying lying back and enjoying the peaceful ride when she heard a thunderous sound. Minutes later the little, rubber raft was heading toward a violent, swirling, misting rapid of water. She was thrown from the rubber raft only to realize that that was the kind of river ride she was on and had 5 more rapids to face before the trip was over. Isn't life like that? You're riding along all calm and peaceful like, when you begin to sense trouble up ahead. We don't always know the degree of trouble we are heading for, but if your anything like me, I can imagine the worst scenarios sometimes.    
     God knows exactly the prescription for my kind of anxiety:

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.




  1. Amen. It seems like you can have a couple of months/years of peace and then something strikes to just test your faith...sigh....and you have to go through those rivers too. But He is there....GREAT VERSE: Es 20:21 "And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness WHERE GOD WAS." God was/is right there in our thick darkness and He is waiting for us to draw near. LOVE THAT!

  2. Oh, Amy! I love the verses too where God is in the thick darkness. Amen! I'm so glad you reminded me. --Laurie

  3. Thank you for this post. It was a blessing to my heart.