The powerful monster reared its head 15,000 feet into the darkened sky and stretched itself out over 100 miles in every direction. With a deafening roar, it began wrecking homes and towns, uprooting trees, and throwing cars and trucks through the air like toys. Nothing could stop it, and anyone caught in its path was in grave danger. Yet, the heart of this powerful monster is a place of quiet calm. Scientists do not fully understand the process that forms this calm place in the eye of a tornado.
It feels like our world is being attacked by another powerful monster. As families, communities, governments, and even whole countries are torn apart by war, terrorism, unrest, violence, corruption, and chaos. How or where can we find peace? Is there an “eye” in this storm?
This answer is yes, there is a place of calm and peace. That place is in Jesus Christ. He is God and Ruler of heaven and earth. He alone has the power to give supernatural peace to our hearts even in the middle of a storm. "Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee" (Isaiah 26:3).
The events of our day should not surprise us. Jesus warned us wars and persecution would come, but He also said, "…see that you be not troubled...for all these things must come to pass" (Matthew 24: 6). "...in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Seeking a place of peace and calm for your soul in the tornado of the world will be futile. At best, the answers it offers are short-lived. There is only one place for lasting peace: only one “Eye”. It is being God’s child through faith in Jesus Christ and then living in the reality of His Word. We can trust Him completely.
When you are feeling drawn into the tornado of fear, worry, and insecurity, remember: "Be careful for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
When the storm is crashing around you close your eyes, discipline your thinking, and focus on Jesus. He is with you, He will guide you, and He is your peace.
Memorize one of the verses above and meditate on it throughout the day. It will help keep you in the eye of the storm. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee;” (Psalm 56:3)