My four-year-old son has been doggedly searching for his little Bakugan toy for two days now—under beds, under couch cushions, in the storage room, etc.
Yesterday, he prayed that he would find it. After his prayer as he hopped down the stairs of the basement to search some more he said, “I wonder if God will answer with a yes, no, or maybe.”
I’ve talked with him about this concept a lot. But as he said it himself, I was struck by the peace His answer gave. No matter what the result was, He knew God was involved, and that was enough.
It reminded me of Isaiah 26:3-4, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You,” (NIV).
The reference to steadfastness brought me to James 1:6–“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For him that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
Peace comes through Christ, not a specific result.
He is the anchor that steadies us, even in the storm.
But what about those times we don’t feel Him in the storm?
I read a story recently of a man who was sailing on the ocean in a sail boat. He was in a large, two day storm with huge waves and cast his anchor down in relatively close to rocks.
He could still feel his boat moving in the storm as the day and night and next day progressed. Worried, he continually checked his GPS tracker, which mapped his ships movements—was the anchor doing its job?! But each time he checked, he saw that his boat was only going around in a circle—the anchor in the center, doing its job perfectly.
I love this imagery for Christ. Anchors don’t stop the storm. They don’t even stop us from feeling the effects of the storm. But they keep us centered. They provide peace and safety.
As we steadfastly trust in Christ, we can feel peace in the storm.
Whether He answers with a yes, no, or wait, we can rest assured that He is at the center of all of it.