Back when I was a teenager, our family visited Crater Lake National Park. I remember the ranger telling us how cold the lake was (all it’s waters come from rain and snow, not from incoming rivers or streams) and because of the temperature, people couldn’t swim there. Now, I guess you can go swimming in a designated cove but most people get out as quickly as they get in.
The ranger also told us that it was the deepest lake in America and because there isn’t
“stuff” from incoming streams, the water is clear.
So anyhow, our family decided to go on the boat tour. I remember the guide stressing the beauty … and the danger of the lake.
We were heading toward Phantom Ship Rock … which is a large rocky outcropping in the water, when suddenly the captain grew agitated. “I’ve lost power,” he yelled. At which point everyone began to panic as the boat was clearly heading toward a catastrophe. That rock did NOT have a place to get out. But I remember my dad standing up and telling everyone to put out their hands to brace ourselves against the rock.
And it worked, (we weren’t going that fast) though everyone was frightened. That night I remember Mom telling me I talked in my sleep (which I didn’t do as a rule) talking about “headlines if we had all drowned in Crater Lake.”
That moment, seeing that rock get closer and closer was certainly not a calm moment. People panicked. We knew what we were facing and it was scary. A calm boat ride turned to chaos. No one was sure what would happen.
Which is kind of like life right now. We know there’s a virus. We know it can be bad. We know a lot of people are hurting both physically, emotionally, and financially. We want to know what will happen, but the reports are so confusing, we just get more confused.
We want to stay calm and we want our kids to stay calm.
What to do?
Well, what better place to look than God’s Word?
He is the master of calmness and just like my earthly father calmed down the people on the boat, so our heavenly Father can calm us down in the middle of an upside down world.
Think about these verses. (And yes, we’ve reviewed many of them before, but they’re great ones to go over and over.)
Read them to your kids.
Memorize one or two of them together with your family.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, … (Psalm 91:1-6)
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. (Proverbs 12:25)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7
Casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
And stay calm even when it looks like you’re heading for a crash. God’s got this.