As I was walking through the woods, I could not help but feel the peace that came out of nature. The very tall trees just stood still not being moved by all the activity that was going on around them. There’s probably some snakes sliding underneath the grass or some creepy crawlies moving around. So many things happen in the woods especially when it’s dark. Foxes and other scary animals come out and night but when the light comes out in the morning, everything becomes still. And the scary animals hide away. How can there be this kind of peace in a place where so much activity takes place especially at night? I thought to myself.
So this got me thinking, most of us who have been around long enough can agree with me that this journey called life is not an easy one. We face so many challenges and obstacles; some small, some so big that they knock us down to our knees. Some trials make us feel like losing hope; some give us a lot of anxiety and sleepless nights. These trials usually present themselves in different shapes and forms and they often show up when we least expect. They usually catch us by surprise.
In spite of all these things that we go through in life, there is 1 thing that I found to be true, the special Light that when it comes out and invades the darkest nights of our lives it brings peace in the midst of whatever wars we may be facing. Jesus Christ is that Light. Trust me when I say I was never one that believed Jesus could give me that kind of peace. To me Jesus was one of those people that I would always go to when I was in trouble and when my problem is gone I forget about him. I can safely say I used Jesus only for my benefit.
Things changed for me when I received Christ over 10years ago. Salvation came and my whole life changed. The way I see trials and challenges has changed and my whole outlook on life has been transformed. Don’t get me wrong this does not mean that when I face these trials I’m all happy and I don’t feel any pain, but I know this truth that having Jesus in my life and accepting him as my personal Lord and Saviour has given me a certain comfort that I can never find anywhere. It has given me a certain hope that the world can never give me. It has made me see God in every storm that I have experienced and given me a certain peace that this world cannot offer. There is a certain strength to carry on that comes with having Jesus by your side. I have learnt that with God we will walk through some difficult valleys but he always gives us the grace to go through them if we receive the light that he brings. It is also in these seasons that God moulds us, he multiplies us and deliverance takes place inside of us.
One important lesson that I have taken in most of the storms that I have gone through is that, we go through storms to be moulded, healed and delivered but above all we overcome so that we can reach out to other peoplewho are broken and hurting. I always say, ‘’if you have not gone through some tough stuff in your life or experienced some difficult situations and overcame then who can you encourage, reach out to or comfort. Experience is what develops in us certain compassion and sensitivity towards others and it develops humility in us and because we overcame our own storms we are now equipped to lift up the other person who may be facing a difficult storm.
When I look back at the storms that I have faced and overcame I can only see God. He gave me the grace to get out of the house and not look like what I was going through, he still dressed me up with a smile on my face. He sustained my mind when I could have lost it and I cannot help but thank him for giving me PEACE in the midst of my CHAOS.
Ask Jesus to walk with you and you will never regret it.