This week I’m thrilled to have my dear friend and fellow Army Wife, Kim Power joining us for this week’s Word Nerd Wednesday as she shares about the next fruit of the Spirit – Peace.
freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
Peace in the Bible
Peace. What do you think about when you think of peace? I think of a calm lake that has been untainted with the wakes of boats and jet skis. Complete stillness.
Did you know the Bible mentions peace over 400 times?! It is clear that God wants us to know and understand peace. True peace. Let’s turn to the Word and see who and what we can learn from about peace.
I love that Jesus chose twelve ordinary men to be His disciples, who are just like you and me. The disciples walked side by side, hand in hand with the author and finisher of our faith, yet they still had doubts and anxiety. In Chapter 8 of his book, Matthew recalls a story when Jesus and the disciples were in a boat out on a lake when a furious storm broke, causing the boat to sway back and forth, water to seep in, likely almost capsizing the boat altogether.
Picture this with me: you’re in a small boat with several of your friends when a storm brews with lightning, thunder, huge waves…can you see it?! If you’re anything like me, you would be laden with anxiety because I would be in FULL freak out mode! I get anxious on a big cruise liner when it starts to rain, much less a small boat in a big storm!
The disciples, just like us, were also in full freak out mode. But where was Jesus in all of the commotion of this storm? Matthew tells us in Chapter 8 verse 24, “But Jesus was sleeping.” Sleeping. Jesus was sleeping through the winds and rain. Can you even imagine it?!? I think we all know someone who has that magical way of sleeping through just about anything, but sleeping through a furious storm out in open water with heavy rain pouring down on you, loud thunder, and fierce winds?! This is one of those, “I want what He has” kind of moments. Whatever Jesus had that allowed Him to sleep through the mightiest of storms, I want it.
Wouldn’t you? Jesus had peace. The kind of peace ” that passes all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) He had the perfect peace of His Father that allowed Him to take charge of the storm raging around Him and the disciples. Matthew goes on to say in Chapter 8 that when Jesus awoke and saw His disciples in full freak out mode, He rebuked the winds and waves, commanding them to cease. Peace be still. And it was. Still.
Peace in the Midst of Peril
Horatio G. Spafford was a man who knew such peace.
Horatio was a successful lawyer and businessman, who lived with his family in Chicago in the 1870’s. Horatio and his wife Anna had five beautiful children but experienced their first tragedy in 1871 when their young son died from pneumonia. Later on the same year, tragedy struck again as the great fire of Chicago destroyed much of Horatio’s businesses and properties. But God in His goodness allowed Horatio’s businesses to flourish once again.
Horatio and Anna decided to take a trip to Europe where they could enjoy a change of scenery and catch a breath from all that had happened in the few years past. On November 21, 1873, Anna and her four remaining children boarded the French ocean liner, Ville du Havre and set sail for Europe. Horatio would join his family later, something unexpected arose with his business causing him to stay behind.
Four days into the journey to Europe, tragedy struck, yet again. The Ville du Havre collided with the Loch Earn, a great and powerful, Scottish ship. Within twelve minutes, the French ocean liner sunk into the waters of the Atlantic, taking with it all four of the remaining Spafford children.
Anna was rescued and taken aboard another large vessel which brought her to Wales, where she wired a message to Horatio which read, “Saved alone, what shall I do?” Horatio made plans and was on the next ship out to be with Anna as they grieved the loss of their beautiful children. About four days into their journey, the Captain of the ship called for Mr. Spafford and told him they were sailing over the place where his children went down.
Armed with pen and paper, Horatio wrote the following words:
“When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrow like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot,
Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
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And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts,
and your minds through Christ Jesus.
Kimberly is southern bred in the heart of South Carolina. She gave up her roots when she married a Citadel grad who commissioned in the Army in 2003. Kimberly and her soldier husband have 2 boys, ages 13 and 10.
She’s been open and honest about her family’s time in a cult and uses her experiences to help other people.