Peace in Pain: Resting in God’s Nature
How to have peace and joy in the midst of storms
The last few months I have had peace in pain, and I wanted to share in case anyone reading this is going through something painful…Maybe this will encourage you and allow you the ability to have peace in your pain or storm also…
I have been going through something lately that brought about a startling realization. I don’t want to be specific, and I know that’s a little annoying… But let’s just say it’s a personal attack that should definitely be classified in the “turbulent storm” category. It’s left me unscathed, un-rattled and actually feeling more love, faith, joy, thankfulness, and peace. It makes no sense especially since I am 8 months pregnant. It’s like Jesus sleeping in the boat amidst a tsunami storm. My first thought was actually if there was some way that I could secretly send a gift to my attackers. My next thought was how God was going to bless me as a direct result of this attack. I was actually excited about the attack because it gave God even more right to bless me and my family!
Part of the reason for this strange reaction I really think is due to this pastor…
Graham Cooke. This man has transformed my understanding of God over the past years. I feel sometimes like I’m riding the coat tails of his intimacy with the Lord. I love how he begins with the need for “marthas” and “marys”. At IHOP, Mary was held in high esteem and we were basically taught that we should all be “marys” all the time, but Graham Cooke makes a very logical statement against this in the beginning.
I highly recommend listening to Cooke, often. I have found myself many times recalling something he has said when I go through something rocky. Here’s some of the things that have stuck with me through his teachings.
1. No matter the situation, God is good. His nature is kind. And even if the situation says otherwise, you can rest in perfect peace in the promises of God and in His nature.
2. If you are going through something difficult and it is because someone is attacking you, not only will God defend…but He will bless you in direct relation to the amount and type of attack. So, look for the blessing. And we can actually for this reason THANK God when attack comes because it is opening the door for blessing.
3. You fight and even punish the enemy with the fruits of the spirit. When the enemy comes at you with an attack to cause fear and anxiety, your weapons are joy, faith, and peace. We can actually cause the enemy grief and pain by thanking and praising God and maintaining perfect peace and joy.
Another sermon on Mary’s and Martha’s that was simple yet profound.