Calm or Turbulence

lynnFor he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof…He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still” (Psa. 107:25, 29).

Jesus stilled the storm and made it a calm when His disciples cried out, “Save us: we perish” (Matt. 8:25). He also gives us a calm in our souls.

Storms came into my soul when I thought, I cannot do anything about my emotions. Without realizing it, I had failed to trust God who can do the impossible. At that time I neglected to apply my life verse, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:24). Three times nervous breakdowns disabled me after I came to Christ. Each time I returned home from a field of service.

After I went to the Navajo mission field, and met the man who became my husband, I suffered no more breakdowns. However, I still thought, I cannot do anything about my nerves. I bypassed their true names: burdens, worries, anxieties. My pastor counseled me, “Lynn, you carry too many burdens.” I did not understand the simple verse, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you” (1Pet. 5:7). In my heart I kept calling them “nerves.” It took years for me to grasp the truth of this Scripture.

After my husband passed on to Heaven, I experienced blessed communion with my Lord. My “nerves” took flight. On the following night, the devil battled against me. My “nerves” started to return. I prayed, “Lord, please take them away.” Again they flew away. Now, troubles still face me, but I am learning to cast my cares upon Jesus. When tempests come, the Captain gives a calm. “My peace I give unto you,” He promises me in 1 John 15:27.

We all face an enemy. Satan and his allies challenge us daily in warfare. Though we cannot see him, he is real. If we allow the Captain to lead us, we will win. However, when we insist on our own way, we will fall into the devil’s traps. God’s Logbook says, Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). Let us continually remember that our Captain is greater than our enemy.

What can we do? Jesus tells us to put on the gospel armor which He provides (Eph. 6:10-18). His Logbook tells us, “Pray in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20). He warns us to watch out for the enemy and endure hardness. Trust in Him, and God will give us the victory.

 

A Cage of Nerves

A Cage of Nerves

By Lynn Wallace

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (I Peter 5:7).

Without realizing it, I had become a worryholic. Deep depression alighted upon me, but I knew not the cause. Four times, I had failed to depend upon the Lord. I suffered four nervous breakdowns.

I can pronounce yield and trust without any problem, but it took me years to apply them.

My schedule filled up and I had no time to myself. \ I arose early to prepare breakfast for my husband. I spent all day homeschooling my daughter. “I have no time for a quiet time,” I reasoned.

“Lynn, you’re carrying around too many burdens,” my pastor said to me. I did not understand that my nerves signified the same as burdens or worry.

“Get up at five o’clock before the family arises,” Bro. Taylor counseled me. “You can have your quiet time then.”

“My alarm clock will wake up my husband,” I argued. “He works hard and needs his rest.”

“Talk it over with him,” he urged. “Tell him you need this time with the Lord.”

“Okay,” I consented, knowing my weary body could not rise at that intolerable hour. However, Leon, my husband agreed with this plan. It pleased the Lord, too. He refreshed me so that I did not miss the extra sleep.

Worry robs a soul of peace and joy. “Lynn, you’re carrying around too many burdens,” this wise counselor said to me. Lacking understanding, I called my anxieties “nerves” and continued to worry. After all, I reasoned, I cannot change them; they belong to me. Consequently, I lived a defeated life.

When God called my beloved husband home, it forced me to depend more upon the Lord. Afterwards, I spent a precious night of communion with my Lord. He released me from my “cage of nerves.” At that moment, God opened my understanding. What a fool I had been not to see my nerves, worries, burdens and cares all amounted to the same thing!

The following night my burdens glided into my territory again. “Lord, please take them away,” I pleaded. Again, my “nerves” took wing.

Although my life still has stress, the Lord keeps me from deep distress. My burdens no longer get me down. I trust under the shelter of the Lord’s wings to keep from worry. He set me free from my cage of “nerves.” When I stay close to Him, I soar upwards as a bird.

O Lord, teach me to trust Thee more and to walk in Thy paths. Please take away my nerves. May I continue to cast them upon Thee. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Printed in Penned from the Heart, Vol. 6. © 1999 Lynn Hardy Wallace. This piece also found a place in Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. http://www.writingfrommyheart.com. Pay Pal