As a child, I recall a certain fascination in standing on the first floor of the Gibbs Hill lighthouse in Bermuda and looking at the huge crack in the brick created by a hurricane in the late 1920s.
The lighthouse was constructed of cast-iron; however, the base and the first floor have seven feet of brick on the inside of the cast-iron. The brick continues for two more floors but not at that thickness.
I was taught in childhood about that hurricane that passed over the island from southwest to northeast. Later, it swept back from the northeast with increased tenacity, and it was during that time that the crack appeared in the brick. Having learned a little more about hurricanes in the ensuing years, I am prone to believe that, in actuality, the center of the storm passed directly over the Island and because of the extensiveness of the hurricane, the ensuing calm was its center. As it continued the winds would have resumed from the opposite direction. In either case, calm prevailed in the middle of that storm.
In the early 50’s, a dear friend of mine was a navigator for the U.S. Air Force. He flew in the “Hurricane Hunters” out of Bermuda. He shared often the intrigue that accompanied their entrance into a hurricane and finally reaching the center where calm prevailed. Most of us would not choose to fly into a hurricane, knowing full well the battering that must be endured before entering the calm of its center. However, we appreciate those who carry on this informative responsibility to help better prepare us for hurricanes arriving in our vicinity.
Always arresting is the calm that is centered in a hurricane. It seems almost unbelievable that in the midst of such ferocity there should be calm; but it is true! It reminds me of the hymn writer’s words: “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.” A couple of years ago, when a monster of a hurricane hit Bermuda while we were visiting, we sat around a table and played games. We had prepared everything in the home, as best possible, and, fully relaxed, we enjoyed each other’s company. It was all in God’s hands.
Prior to becoming a Christian, life was filled with storms… the biggest one being between God and myself. But then: “having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1) I then discovered John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” That is what He said at the beginning of the chapter and here it is repeated: “Let not your heart be troubled.”
Peace in the hurricane’s center… available through the Lord Jesus Christ!