Peace Be Still: Jesus Is in the Boat with Us [Audio]
Peace Be Still: Jesus Is in the Boat With Us
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Welcome to I Believe Podcast!… This brief audio message is titled, “Peace Be Still,” with host, Karen Trifiletti.
So first, a quick story… So, I hung up the phone after speaking with an acquaintance I’ll call Jake. I have to tell you that his emotional and spiritual temperature seemed to change with every set of daily circumstances. It went something like this: when something lent him favor, he was up and kind. When something turned around in his life, he was miffed and mean. It was like he was divided within–because he hadn’t fully committed to Christ and therefore didn’t fully know how to access His peace and stability. Maybe you are feeling that way. Stay with me. It’s okay, God can bring you through and He may be speaking to you here today.
Back to Jake, so without the gospel in his life, he often tended to dive off emotional cliffs that weren’t there. He acknowledged a miracle when he saw it and in the next breath, when an outcome wasn’t just what he expected, he was kicking and screaming.
As he spoke, what I saw in my mind’s eye was, of all things, a fly. I saw it buzzing all over the place, never with a secure or lasting landing place, not being anchored to something that would allow it to be still, quiet. He was like that fly. I thought to myself, “He has no anchor in Christ, and is buzzing through life and changing colors with every event and happenstance.”
I prayed for him. I had empathy for him for I had lived a life without Christ for years and knew the station well, and I wanted to hand him a rudder of peace. If you’re in those shoes, again, stay with me. You can know His peace. He is offering it to you now and as you come unto Him.
Jesus Provides the Rest Stops
I thought of each of us at times–bouncing around restlessly and forgetting to, or in some cases not knowing how to, avail ourselves of the peace and stillness of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Way–He provides the rest stops, the stillness of being by clear waters. How do we avail ourselves of the Savior’s peace when anxiety seems to be an epidemic and worry and stress seem to be buzz-words or indicators of ‘a lot going on’ in our lives? Or when it rises unexpectedly? We might call it something else–bad hair day, bad month, PMS, 7-year itch, health issues, when it’s realy stress related, part of spiritual warfare, and curable through Christ.
We all need to be reminded to lay our cares before the Lord Jesus Christ, and to do it with consistency. I can witness that I have felt that stillness in the eye of the most severe spiritual storms in my life, and I can also tell you that I have sometimes let go of it in the midst of minor confusion or pedestrian twists that arise in mortality. And then I go back to my Refuge, and to His word and promises that He is with us, and will not forsake us. He always, always, always, takes unsettledness from me, and I re-group spiritually. I walk away fine. Not that the outcome has changed yet, but knowing that He will orchestrate what’s best and use me as He needs to do so, if I will listen and respond.
Peace Not Polyanna
Having peace doesn’t mean all is resolved yet, or that I feel good because I’m taking a spiritual nap from my concerns or because I have a Pollyanna-ish attitude that filters out life’s challenges. It refers to a Godly peace that cannot be produced by us. It is produced by Jesus Christ. It comes as a spiritual gift. It comes as we really seek it and ask for it and rest in it. It comes as we read His promises and take them to the bank. Like this one: We have all riches and an inheritance in Jesus Christ. That means we can withdraw from a never-ending supply of help, power, strength, encouragement, hope, direction, counsel, and peace as we need it every day. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, ask Him if He’s there, if He is really the Son of God; pour out your soul to Him. Just do it. He will answer. As you read His word and trust in His promises, you will find peace that only can come from Him.
That kind of peace is unassailable. It is not circumstance-dependent. It cannot be imitated or produced by Satan. (And, by the way, the persistently, intentionally wicked cannot know it; they may know relief from responsibility, it’s counterfeit which dies its own death, and they may know ‘truce,’ but they will not know peace unless they repent and avail in the same way). I think about how I’d feel as a parent if my children didn’t really know I cared enough about all their thoughts, feelings, ambitions, hopes, and sorrows to help them at any time in any way I could, to give them security and love and peace. How much more must the Savior feel who experienced all of our suffering so that He could help and be an Advocate and bring us peace–and we choose not to see that or believe that or avail ourselves of that. See Him extending His arms of peace to you today, and go to His word to find His message of peace for you. I’ll close with one verse you can claim for yourself today.
Jesus Christ Is in the Boat with Us
But first let me say: I am here to let you know that the Savior wants you to feel His peace. Please receive it. While we’re here to experience a range of emotions–that will at times have us feel lost or afraid–they can be tempered by Him just as the seas were tempered by Jesus Christ (The Holy Bible: Matt. 8:26).
Someone asked me, “How do you do it?” How did you navigate what you’ve gone through and seem so at peace? I thought and said, “Well, first of all, I’m through most of the storm you’re referring to. I’m at the other end from where you are, and that has given me time and perspective.” Then, I added, “I think what sustains me, really, is the Savior’s presence. I feel Him near. I feel that Jesus Christ is in the boat with me.” Wherever I go, as long as I am striving to do His will. He was in the fire with me when I was in the fire. I really feel that. He guides me. He speaks with me. He shows me the way and His love and gives me wisdom, opens my eyes, names my circumstances, gives me a portal into the future.
I’d like to close with a prayer Paul shared as he closed his first letter to the Thessalonians. Ministering to the people of his congregation, some of whom were undoubtedly worried, he spoke these inspired words which God now speaks to you: “May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, 18). I like the word, “continually.” May we each find Jesus Christ, first of all, learn of the fulness of his gospel as taught and administered in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–the Savior’s re-established Church in our day. That is my hope and invitation to each of you who may be seeking to find your way, or to find your way out of worry and fear of any kind or degree.