Following our calling to the Dominican Republic

Stilling the storm


My last post was about our New Normal .  I talked about some of the daily struggles and troubles that we have living in our third world community.  As much as there are so many wonderful and lovely things about our community, some days are more challenging than others.

The reason that I wanted to post about that is so that I could share this!  One morning, when we had gone days without power, and my frustration level was high and my patience was low, God spoke deep into my heart during my quiet time. I wanted to share this immediately but then life happened.  So, here it is:

I was reading Psalm 107:28-31

“28Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and He brought them out of their distress.
29He stilled the storm to a whisper;
The waves of the sea were hushed.”

As I read it, I realized that it stated that “He brought them out of their distress.” It did not say that He brought them out of their troubles.  Just the change in those two words were a game changer for me in that moment.  Because God hears our cries, He wants to help us.  However, in our troubles is where He grows us most!  So, He loves us enough to keep us in those places but comforts us through it!!!

I will be the first to admit that I lean more towards  pessimism than optimism.  I am naturally (unfortunately) a “glass is half-empty” kind of gal.  I am not one that immediately sees the best in people.  My admiration, respect, and trust is earned, not immediately given.  If I feel that your “outsides are not matching your insides”, I will immediately not trust you or pursue a relationship with you. I KNOW…I KNOW..I am supposed to think differently, but, for now, this is how I am wired.

The point to all of this is: Peace does not come naturally for me.  The “broken crazy” place in my mind is a storm of many emotions. These emotions can get me in trouble.  If left unchecked, they can seep out in unhealthy ways.  However, ifwhen… I call out to my Father, He will bring me out of this distress. When I am like a helium balloon floating around in the abyss, He ties me to His wrist, and He quiets the storms of my mind to a whisper. Then, and only then, can I hear Him in order for Him to grow me.

“30There were glad when it grew calm,
and He guided them to their desired haven.
31Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love,
And His wonderful deeds for men.”

In verse 30, I love how it is showing their joy.  And, oh my goodness, isn’t haven such a peaceful sounding place?

Lastly, but most importantly, they gave Him thanks for His unfailing love! Let us always remember to give thanks to the one who brings us out of the storm and places us on our desired haven.

When we first moved here and were trying to learn how to live with limited electricity, our neighbor said to us, “Con luces de calle, Gloria a Dios!  Sin luces de calle, Gloria a Dios!”  which roughly translates to “With city power, Glory to God! Without city power, Glory to God!”

Regardless of the challenges in our lives, we always need to cry out to God and be thankful for His unfailing love.  In that, even this natural pessimist can have peace and contentment!




4 thoughts on “Stilling the storm

  1. Tamara, I need this message today! Your family is on my mind & in my heart daily. Praying that God keeps you centered in your haven place & blesses you beyond anything you can fathom!

  2. Beautifully said my friend. Love you!

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