Peace In The Storm

By Rhonda Varley

This is a crazy time we are living in. Lockdown is strange and surreal. There is a lot of tension, anxiety, fear and uncertainty with many of us wondering if life will ever be the same again. Yet… even in this God is working. God is Good.

I contracted Covid-19 and as an asthma and Lupus sufferer I knew I was going to struggle. The first two days seemed much like any other bad flu, but by the third evening I was gasping for air, suffering frequent coughing fits, and my temperature soared. I was scared. On the fourth night at 4 am it was touch and go as to whether we dialled 999. I felt as though I was suffocating and as I sat up in bed, I actually began contemplating what would happen if I wasn’t here. What would happen to my family, how would they cope? All the milestones I would never see flooded through my mind.
As I sat, I prayed, and I felt a peace indescribable. A securing warmth as if someone had wrapped a blanket around my shoulders and was holding me up. All the fear, anxiety and uncertainty melted away. A still voice spoke comfort to me as I slowly drifted off to sleep.

When I woke later that day although still struggling with the symptoms, I knew I would be ok no matter what happened. I had an assurance, a deep knowing. And all the little things that seemed so important before last night suddenly seemed so trivial. I had a new sense of perspective. I felt a weight had lifted. I had a Scripture rolling over and over in my head, Matthew 11:29-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I had been striving and putting so much on myself over the last few months. I was stressed all the time, unable to switch off, I had lost sight of what was most important and precious in my life. Now it was so clear, and I feel lighter and freer.

Head to the following attachments to hear more of Rhonda’s encounters with the Lord..
‘It’s time to dream again’ .. ‘It’s time to dream again part 2’

Photographer | Amith Nair

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