9. Calm in Trials

9. Calm in God’s Pavilion 

“For months Ellen’s body wracked with pain,” her husband, said. She lay helpless from two compressed disks in her back. He winced as he helped her with simple needs like personal hygiene and eating.

Ellen had said, “My hobby is helping others.” For months she lay unable to help even herself. Riveting pain often interrupted her sleep. In those long pain-filled hours she turned her thoughts to the Lord.

After many months flat on her back, Ellen rejoiced to be able to attend church again. “I’m thankful,” she testified. “When I can’t sleep at night, it gives me more time to pray.”

After she became a widow, she moved to a nursing home, debilitated and in a wheel chair. “How are you?” she asked residents, wheeling toward them. “Jesus is with you.”

How did Ellen think of others when she faced such great needs of her own? She testified, “I have known the Lord about forty years, and I still have much to learn. I place my full dependence upon Him.”

Ellen displayed contentment. Her heart seemed to be somewhere other than the nursing home. Perhaps she found a secret hiding place—a place of renewal.

Psalm 27:5 promises, “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion” (KJV). The essence of prayer is entering into God’s pavilion. Ellen entered and knew how to remain there, especially during adversity. Now she resides in Heaven.

Do we complain when swallowed up by pain? When troubles come do we still have a thankful heart? Do we pray in the face of unwanted circumstances that threaten to consume us? Prayer is responding to God’s invitation to enter into His pavilion, where He hides us under His safe covering. Like Ellen, we can depend on Him and live with a heart full of joy.

Dear Lord, help me to remain thankful when I suffer pain. Equip me to endure troubles. Give me, like Ellen, the habit of helping others. In times of trouble, hide me in Thy pavilion. Thank you, Father, for the safe, tranquil place of prayer where Thou embracest and careth for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is a reprint article by Lynn Wallace, © 1960. It went online in November 1960 on Prayer Support for Women. This does not appear to still be online.

Bio: Ambassador-Emerald International published Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. Periodicals published about eighty of her articles and fillers. Accent Publications published two of her curriculum packages. Leon, her late husband, and she served on the Navajo field several years.She plays the piano for Canyon View Baptist Church in Montrose, Colorado. She enjoys jeeping, reading, and artwork. writeheart@montrose.net. www.writingfrommyheart.com (Our Lifeship available from PayPal.)

7. Calm from Bible

7. Calm from God’s Logbook 

“As a sailor steers her lifeship, she gains knowledge of the Captain and His ways from her Logbook, the Bible.”1 

When we sweltered in the summers in Dallas, we rolled down our car windows for air conditioning. Another car stopped at the red light and blared out loud music. What a relief when the light turned green. 

The occupants of that car had not learned godly wisdom from that rock music. Such lyrics take sailors away from church and away from God. They entice them with the world’s ways and wisdom. 

On the other hand a prudent woman gets wisdom from the Captain’s Logbook. She feasts on it. God said to Ezekiel, “Eat this roll” (my Word, Eze. 3:1). 

He said, “Then did I eat it, and it was in his mouth as honey for sweetness” (Eze. 3:3). 

Not only does the prudent woman read, study, memorize, and meditate upon the Logbook. She also listens intently when a preacher reads and expounds upon it. She loves this sweet music she hears at church. 

Do we delight in understanding? To what and to whom do we listen? 

Prayer: Lord, help my understanding that I may learn godly wisdom from my Logbook. May it always be sweet music to my ear. 

Endnotes:

1. From Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women by Lynn Wallace, Ambassador International, page 11. Learn how to stay calm, www.writingfrommyheart.com.

6. Keep Calm by Pleasing God

6. Please God

Ellen and Chuck met some people with handicaps. They thought, “We can help these people.” 

They went to their pastor. “We know some special people,” they said. “Some limp and use a cane or walker. Others roll themselves in wheelchairs. Harold can’t talk plain. Several have hearing problems. We’d like to help these people. Can we start a class for them.” 

“Yes,” the pastor agreed. 

Every Sunday I saw these “special people” limp or roll in on wheelchairs. Jesus Christ stepped in and redeemed some of these special souls. 

When Ellen went forward to pray with one of these women, it blessed my heart. 

Sometimes, one got noisy. In her quiet way Ellen took that one of of the service. I marvelled at her patience. 

“What have you learned from these special people?” I asked. “We learned that you don’t stop because you have a problem. Keep going on.” 

My only daughter was born normal. However, I found it difficult to raise her without a daddy when he went to be with Christ. Ellen taught me not to give up, but to keep pressing onward. 

A compressed disk in her back forced Ellen to retire. She did not complain. She depended on Chuck to get her up and down. When able to attend church again, she testified, “When I can’t sleep at night, I’m thankful. It gives me more time to pray.” 

When Chuck’s heart failed him, leaving Ellen a widow, she moved to Valley Manor, a nursing home. She continued reaching out to others in this place. I only heard her complain once because she could not speak to others. 

Ellen would readily admit she has her faults, but to me she set forth an example of a woman who pleased God. He says that it pleases Him when we obey His command to love one another” (1 John 3:22-23). My friend certainly loved others. 

Now she has met her Lord. This godly sailor resides in Heaven where her beloved husband dwells. 

God does not call all of us to reach out to the handicapped as Ellen did, but we can all show our love to others. When we put others before ourselves, it helps bring calm to our hearts. 

Bio: This article is based on a section in Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. You can see more about it at www.writingfrommyheart.com. Thank you for your interest.

5. Calm in Provisions

5. Our Treasures

The wise sailor takes care of her treasures. With them she buys good building materials. She waterproofs her lifeship so that it will not sink.

Leon, my husband, and I left the Navajo for about a year. We traveled from church to church hoping to raise more support. When we came back, we moved onto the Navajo reservation. They gave us permission to stay there a year.

Now our year nearly expired. We almost, but not not quite, received our church site lease. Subsequent,ly, we had to move. We moved to a mobile home park in our blue International bus. We lacked the $80 space rent. The first month we sold our VW Bug.

Close to the end of the second month, a tourist came by us. “Where can we park out mini-home?” he asked Leon. He showed him a place and the tourist handed him $20.

Our friend came by our space. He worked in the Black Mesa Mine above us. “Leon,” he said, “You can work for me today in the mine.” This netted the remaining $60.

One more month rolled by and we arrived at desperation point. When we went to Page, Arizona for supplies, we found an $80 check in the mail. Bodine Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma sent a note with it. It said, “We took you on as our missionaries for our Daily Vacation Bible School.

Leon had preached there about two years prior to this. However, we had not heard from them since then. Once again God proved His faithfulness to us.

When we trusted God, He provided. He promises to provide for all who remain faithful to Him, not just missionaries.

4. Keeping Calm in Storms

lynnCalm in a Mess
By Lynn Wallace

Calm in a Mess
By Lynn Wallace

Had a tornado struck! Every desk drawer lay upside down, its contents strewn about on the floor. I felt crunchy stuff under my feet.

I couldn’t take another step into my bedroom. Something might break.

Since my car required many repairs, Regee and Gina furnished my transportation.

The bathtub overflowed and a sickening odor wafted up to my nostrils.

When I rushed down the hallway and peered out the front door, I sighed with relief. “Regee, Gina” I exclaimed, “Come into the house with me.”

They did.

Some office books and linens lay on the floor. However, the vandals left my computer untouched. God protected it.

When I mopped up the bathroom floor, I ended up with a dripping skirt. In the meantime my friends viewed the scene in the bedroom.

Regee said, “Things were in such disarray it looked like a tornado had hit the room.”

I said to my friends, “Please take me to Mom’s house.” I can’t stay here tonight.”

I called Mom and told her what happened. I ventured back into the bedroom to grab what I needed for an overnight stay at Mom’s. I threw things on the bed to make a path to the closet. How can I find anything to wear in this mess? I wondered.

Then I rummaged around for a dry skirt and changed. I grabbed clothes for an overnight stay at Mom’s.

The next morning Regee and Gina showed up at Mom’s house. We went over to my mobile home and labored until 4:00 in the afternoon. They supported me as with an anchor, getting my place back in order.

We scrubbed floors, the bathtub, and kitchen sink. Regee even cleaned out the heating ducts that were filled with muck and debris. He said, “Water run the entire length of the heating ducts.”

Someone consoled me the night following the “tornado” with an anchor greater than Regee or Gina could provide. The Anchor of my soul gave sweet rest all night. I awoke with peace and joy in my heart, and a smile on my face.

Good friends can help you stay calm when trials come. They will stick with you. Many young people and adults do not choose their friends wisely. Such lead them in the wrong direction. God says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Prov. 13:20). Stay calm. Choose your friends wisely.
Names have been changed by request.

Bio: Lynn lives in Montrose, Colorado on her parents’ farm. She enjoys watching deer at play, and birds gathering seeds and bugs. God called Lynn to write for Him shortly after her husband departed for his heavenly home. Over eighty of her articles appeared in various publications. Nature Friend published “A Strange Animal,” an article about the platypus. Win Informer, Shining Star, and other periodicals also have published her articles. Accent Bible Curriculum published two of her curriculum packages. Ambassador International published her first book: Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. In it chapter 6 speaks about companions or friends. Her website received a new look, http://www.writingfrommyheart.com.

2. Calm Hearts

lynn2. Keep a Calm Heart

The heart is the lifeline of our lifeship. It resembles the ship’s motor. If the motor dies, the ship dies. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). When you fail to keep your heart right, your ship will capsize.

The Captain, Jesus Christ, spoke about the heart of your ship. “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). We look on the beauty of a ship. But will it hold the water back? Can you cross the Red Seas and Jordans in your life?

If you, as a Christian sailor, heed your Captain’s warnings, you will dwell safely and be quiet from the fear of evil. Jesus will give you peace and calm even in the midst of dire circumstances.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. “Be careful for nothing” means “Do not worry about anything.” God says pray and supplicate or beg Him for it. You can do this on the basis of His promises in His holy Word, the Bible. When you meet these conditions, He will give you the peace of God which surpasses our finite understanding.

Earlier in my life, I fell into a depressed state four times. When trials come my way, I feel troubled at that time. God has helped me so that I can deal with it and not stay in that state of mind.

Once, vandals trashed my place. That night I stayed in Mom’s condo and slept like a baby. I woke up with a smile on my face. Nothing I could do about my circumstances gave me this calmness and joy. Only my God can do that.

God has promised you and me peace. He said, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isa. 26:3). Do you trust in Him when everything seems against you? God knows all about it, and wants to give you His peace.

All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version. This article is based on Lynn’s book: Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. May we stay calm on life’s troubled seas. Get help on staying calm at http://www.writingfrommyheart.com