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Roger Campbell: Staying calm in crisis

In his article, "Keeping Calm," World Magazine editor Marvin Olasky asks a question that may be on your mind: "Is the current financial storm a cold fall rain that will soon pass by or a 100-year flood that will inundate a decade?" Then he states this unchanging truth about the projected end of any crisis: "God knows but we do not." In view of this settled fact, he correctly concludes that all of us have good reasons to refrain from panic during any financial crises. He could have omitted "financial" and still been correct.

A woman once called and surprised me by saying I had saved her life.

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"You once told me that nothing takes God by surprise," she replied. Then, in Paul Harvey style, she told me the rest of the story.

She had been in a serious auto accident caused by a drunk driver and was waiting in an emergency room for word from the doctor about her condition when she overheard him say he thought he might have to amputate her leg.

Panic followed the doctor's words, she said, until she remembered mine; then peace came. Since this crash hadn't taken God by surprise and He knew all about the outcome of her injuries, why should she be afraid?

Thankfully, the amputation wasn't necessary and now she wanted me to know that faith had made it possible for her to be calm through this crisis and enabled her to remember God's faithfulness in others that might follow.

Sometimes in trying to find a safe retreat from all crises, a place of perfect peace, we forget that there is no care free place on earth.

After careful research, a man left his Canadian home and moved his family to a quiet island where the main occupation was raising sheep. What could be more tranquil than a daily view of shepherds going about their ancient tasks?

But this prospector for peace chose the Falkland Islands and not long after he moved to this peaceful paradise it became one of the most dangerous places on earth. The sound of bleating sheep was soon replaced by the roar of British and Argentine fighters and bombers battling over this tiny piece of real estate; stealing this transplanted Canadian's dream and revealing that peace isn't found in a particular place no matter how tranquil it may seem to be.

Where then can we find a calm harbor during life's storms?

How can we be calm in crises?

The Psalmist invites us to find peace through faith, writing:

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

Notice that there are no limitations to this good news. God meets us in every crisis of life, inviting us to trust Him, trading our fears for faith and resting both the present and the future in His loving hands.

We can apply these powerful words to our problems during any tense time.

God will enable those who trust him to be calm in every crisis.

Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at