While Thou art silent, and the wind is shrill:
Can the boat sink while Thou, dear Lord, art in it?
Can the heart faint that waiteth on Thy will?
–Amy Carmichael, from Toward Jerusalem
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of trouble keeping a quiet heart. I am not usually a noisy person but my heart can sure get loud. Loud with worry. Loud with angst.
There seems to be so much too much to worry about these days: friends and family who are battling serious illness, friends with sick children, tornadoes sweeping through our community (in November of all months!), yet another school shooting.
Those are the heavies. Then there’s the middlings: increasing health insurance costs, approaching Christmas expenses, and badly needed house repairs.
But it’s the trifles that bring me to the tipping point and cause my heart to yell: educational challenges with children, trimming the budget, an endless stream of dirty dishes and laundry.
Here are some verses that have brought me peace. May they bring you the same:
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.—1 Chronicles 16:11
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.— Psalm 31:3
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.—Psalm 119:10
Be still, and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. – Isaiah 26:3
In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. – Isaiah 30:15
May I also recommend a wonderful book? Keep a Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliott. It will strengthen and encourage you when your heart gets loud: