Just last week I read a book that revolutionised my thinking and broadened my understanding of what it truly means to have God’s peace. In this book, the author tells a short story about a Navy Nuclear submarine, which goes like this :
”Many ships were passing overhead on the surface, and the submarine was forced to make a large number of violent maneuvers to avoid possible collisions. In the absence of the captain, one of the officers was in charge of giving the commands by which the submarine was positioned at each moment. Because there was such an unusual amount of movement, the captain, who had been in his own quarters, suddenly appeared on the bridge asking, “Is everything alright?”
“Yes, Sir!” the officer replied. The captain took a quick look around and then started back out through the hatch to leave the bridge. As he disappeared he said, “It looks alright to me too”. With just a few words and the abrupt exit, the captain conveyed his unqualified confidence in the duty officer’s leadership”.(Macdonald, 2003, p.20)
The dialogue between the captain seems so simple, in fact, it seems to simple. Perhaps the captain should have paid more attention to detail, I mean the chances of collision were enormous, seeing that it was this unusual for all that activity to be taking place around the submarine. It was enough to make any alert captain show concern. Except for one thing;
The danger was lurking outside, yes. However, inside the submarine, it was a quiet space where there could be absolute control of the ship’s destiny. The captain showed no hint of panic, only a calm set of actions as protocol. He merely came for the assurance that everything was fine inside the submarine and this assurance was enough.
Have you ever been in deep water, surrounded by the absolute chaos of the world? Hearing the groanings so close to home. As if you were about to engage in a head-on collision with something way bigger than you are. In our country’s current political climate it seems as if we are the submarine in troubled water. But listen…even in the midst of this you can access God’s peace.
Just as the captain was in control of the internal operations of the submarine. You are in charge of maintaining God’s peace in your life, and checking regularly to see if you’re not in immediate trouble. God is the captain of your ship. Checking in on you just to make sure that you’re still where He has destined you to be. I want you to know today, that to have God’s peace in this fallen world is absolutely possible. His word declares it;
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“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.”(John 16:33)
I pray that you may experience the Lord’s peace in every area of your life today.
Tatum-Lee is a Born Again Christian, a writer, blogger, English tutor, and digital content producer. She recently completed her BA Communications degree at the University of the Western Cape, where she completed her first research proposal, focused on Multilingual diversity in the Colored community.