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Eye of the Storm

16 May

Ever been in a Hurricane before?

Let me just tell you. It’s crazy. Winds will blow crazy, It will be raining so hard you can’t see anything. Sometimes it even causes flooding and severe damage. The winds rage and it’s a pretty scary experience. It’s like the World is falling apart around you and all you can do is sit in the middle of your hallway with a radio being operated off of batteries often time because you’ve lost power. You listen to calming tunes, but more importantly you are listening closely to see the status of where the storm is, and when it is going to past.

I remember being a little girl getting prepared for the storm. We would go to the grocery store days before and make sure we had all that we needed in case we lost power for a long period of time. Funny thing is, I hardly ever ate the food. I mean, who can think about eating food at a time like this? I certainly cant! One time the hurricane hit so bad we lost a tree in the backyard (If I remember correctly, I was pretty young). But do you know what I remember most about those big scary hurricanes?

The Eye of the storm.

By definition, The eye of the storm is “the center of a tropical cyclone, marked by relatively light winds, confused seas, rising temperature, lowered relative humidity, and often by clear skies.”

I call it the beautiful part. I remember as a little girl my mother made me stay away from any windows or doors during the storm, but when the eye was overhead, she would open the door, and we would go outside to this calmness. It was so beautiful. The skies would usually clear of clouds, the winds would ease, and you’d see light. Sometimes I would go outside and just close my eyes and just take in the peace. Then, my mom would feel the wind pickup, and she’d say it’s time to go back in. Then we’d walk as the winds picked up, the skies would darken, and we’d shut the door. The storm would continue only to end a few hours later.

I can’t describe the Peace in the eye of the storm. It’s so beautiful. It’s a minute of calmness during the madness. It’s almost like God’s way of saying, “hey there, I’m still here. ” That makes me smile this morning. You see, Life doesn’t work out the way we want it to. We are often caught in storms, some big, some small, and it seems as much as we want Peace we just can’t find it. It’s just not there, or maybe it is, we just have to see it.

I went to church Sunday and the preacher told a story of a king who offered a prize to the artist who could capture the best picture of peace. Many tried, but it was left between two paintings. One was a picture of a calm lake, showing peaceful mountains with fluffy white clouds. Everyone who saw it thought it was perfect.

The second picture had mountains too. The mountains were rugged and bare and the sky was gray with rain, lightening and a roaring waterfall.This did not appear to be a peaceful place at all. But, when the king looked closely, he saw that behind the waterfall was a tiny bush growing in the rock. Inside the bush, a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest, singing. Ultimately the king chose the second picture. “Because,” he explained, “peace is not only in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace is in the midst of things as they are, when there is calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”

So you see. You don’t just have Peace when things are going perfect. You have to find the Peace in your situation. You may be having a hard time at work, dealing with a rocky relationship, having to let some things (or people) go. And I know, It hurts, and it sucks, but it’s up to US to find the Peace in that situation. To be able to smile through it, and find peace within us, despite what may be going on around us.

You have to look up for that tiny opening in the sky, during the storm, and listen closely. After all, you may hear God saying, “hey there, I’m still here. “

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. S.P.J 🙂

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