In the Eye of the Storm
Many of us know just how powerfully destructive a storm can be. It can carry with it wind gusts of up to 155 miles an hour; rain up to 5 inches an hour; the ability to create waves 10 storeys high, with surges up to 25 feet wide. It’s been known to level entire cities in minutes and from experience, many lives have been lost due to our tropical storms.
Two components of a storm are especially interesting. One is the eye – that relatively calm center in which sinking air inhibits cloud and thunderstorm development. And immediately surrounding the eye is the eyewall, which contains rising air and powerful rain clouds.
In sharp contrast to the calm eye, the eyewall houses the most powerful elements of the storm, including the strongest winds and heaviest rains. If you could hover above this force of nature you’d see that the strongest part of a storm takes place near its center, while the center itself remains relatively calm.
There’s a lesson here for all of us. God doesn’t take away all our troubles – at least not as quickly as we’d like Him to – but He promises us peace in the midst of them. Few people had more trouble than Moses. His job was to feed, lead, and protect two million people (Metro Manila has about 12 million.). And no matter what he did, they constantly complained. So one day God said to him, ‘There is a place near me where you may stand…I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand’ (vv. 21-22 NIV 2011 Edition). And if you ask Him, today God will bring you to that place of peace too!
‘There is a place near me where you may stand.’ Exodus 33:21 NIV (2011 Edition)