He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! ~~Isaiah 26:3
While traveling by boat on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and His disciples encountered a violent storm. The waves were crashing over the boat so much it was beginning to fill up with water. Nevertheless, Jesus was at peace. He was fast asleep. But the disciples, seeing the storm, became overwhelmed. They woke Jesus up saying, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Hush, be still.’ And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?'” (Mark 4:38-40). He was really asking, “Why are you afraid? Don’t you know who’s in the boat with you?”
When tragedy hits, it’s easy to look at the bigness of our circumstances and become overwhelmed. But like the disciples, focusing on the bigness of our circumstances can keep us from seeing the bigness of our God, and His ability to calm “the storm.” You see, even the strongest natural disaster, or most devastating tragedy is no match for the power of God. Isn’t it encouraging to know that Jesus is in the boat with you as you navigate the rough waters of life’s storms? He’s with you right now. You are safe and secure in His Hands. What’s more, He promised you His peace. He said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27). Amid difficulties you can experience the peace of God—a peace that rises above our understanding (see Philippians 4:7). So, refrain from worrying, and allow His peace to comfort you.