Be still my soul, the Lord is on thy side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide,

In every change He faithful will remain.

Be still my soul,

Thy best, thy heavenly Friend,

Through thorny paths

Leads to a joyful end.

Katharina von Schlegal

This hymn came to mean so much to me whilst I was married. It anchored me when times were turbulent in my marriage. Consistent arguing is very draining especially when you’re unused to living in chaos. Emotional waves were bent on drowning me but because I had memorized the words long ago, I would recite it in my mind. It was my life jacket and kept me from going under many times.

It often consoled me as well. The storms came at me daily. Though I can laugh now, the words famously sung by Tammi Tyrell and Marvin Gaye, “The world is just a great big onion” often popped into my head. How can one person cry so much and so frequently? That was one serious phase of onion! It was probably just as well that the words were lodged in my mind, who can read from a page when there’s a waterfall coming from their eyes? I was comforted that one day my thorny path would actually come to a joyful end.

The child of God develops faith through the various circumstances called life. It is only through the continued experiences of adversity that we learn to depend on our Heavenly Father. It’s another level of faith to maintain a sense of peace and hope when your life is turned upside down. Remember the story in the bible when the disciples were sure they would drown because the storm was so tempestuous? Yet there was Jesus fast asleep, seemingly oblivious to the danger. Is this the faith God asks of us? That even when ‘death’ seems to be the only possible outcome we should still trust Him to deliver us? To be at peace in the face of ‘certain destruction’?

Well in the face of abuse it definitely feels like you are surrounded by destruction. Even if there seems to be no physical escape there is spiritual refuge in The Almighty. He is the strong high tower that we must always run to.

Be still, and know that I am God . . . Psalms 46:10

King James Bible

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