Peace in the Storm

Peace in the Storm

by Mitch Casson, Pastor of Families and Outreach Ministries


Over the past few weeks, I have had little rest or time for relaxation! I have had a weeklong youth camp followed by a weeklong Vacation Bible School and I am worn out! Camp was wonderful and served as a much-needed spiritual getaway for me, but it still comes with its challenges.

Being away from home for so long, lack of sleep, long drives and the stress that comes with traveling with a large group all can take their toll. Vacation Bible School went great as we had over 70 kids in our building and close to 30 teachers that helped throughout the week.

The entire week takes much planning, lots of decorating and a ton of preparation. It can be very easy to get stressed out and feel like you are doing it all wrong. Pain, worry or trials can come to us in several ways. Perhaps the loss of a loved one, stress with work or anxiety over a relationship.

In the book of John, it says this:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world...”“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…” John 16:33,17:20 NKJV

Jesus promises that all of those that believe in Him will have peace. Over the last few weeks, I have had to remind myself of this. We may experience trouble, stress, and worry in this life but we must remember to “be of good cheer!” He said that in the middle of your mess, be happy because our Savior has overcome the world!

In this life it is inevitable that you will encounter tough weeks, pain or sorrow through loss, anxiety or even depression. Everyone has these experiences but if you have a relationship with our Lord, Jesus, He can get you through it all. 

You will have struggles in this life, but in Jesus, we can overcome them and find true peace, for all believers, for all time.