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What would you do if you heard on the news that a cloud of electrified gasses measuring 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit was hurtling directly towards you at over 4 million miles per hour and projected to crash into the earth’s magnetic field?

Well, if you were like most people in the Northern Hemisphere last month, you grabbed your camera and sat outside with some friends, snacks, and lounge chairs and headed outside to take some pictures!

Like many of you, seeing the Northern lights in May was a neat, beautiful experience that I never expected would be possible from the Midwest. As I sat in my cozy blanket and admired the pinkish hue alongside my mom, I couldn’t help but think how incredible it was that we could enjoy the moment without any anxiety or fear of what was happening above our heads.

We witnessed a massive solar collision of unfathomably fast and hot gasses colliding into our planet’s magnetic field. Yet nobody was concerned that the world would be burned to a crisp or blown off its orbit into the deep abyss of space!

Solar gasses at 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit is pretty toasty.
Electrified wind blowing at 4 million miles per hour is pretty fast.
Yet nobody was afraid.

I thought to myself how much anxiety and fear in Christians (and myself!) today could be replaced with joy and peace if we trusted God in our lives and circumstances as much as we trusted Him that crisp May evening. We knew we were safe from the solar storm. We knew we were protected from the heat of the solar wind. Instead of fearing if the magnetic field would hold, we were able to have joy and expectantly look up in peace and wonder to admire incredible beauty and power.

The Bible commands over and over not to fear.
It tells us many times that God is with us.
Yet in moments of hardship and trial, it can be easy for me to lean into my worry and my own understanding instead of trusting fully in God. God is sovereign, powerful, and our protector. Just like He shields the earth from blazing solar storms, He preserves our souls amidst the challenges in our lives. This doesn’t mean we will never face hard things- the solar storms will still come. But even when storms arise, we can be confident that God is with us, strengthens us, and protects our souls.

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
Psalm 46:1-3

‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 41:10

“‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’
so that we confidently say,
‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?’”
Hebrews 13:5-6

“Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
Psalm 55:22

“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

What does it look like to trust God in trials?
What does it look like to have peace in hard times?
This is something I will always be learning and growing in, but I think this type of trust and peace looks a little bit like having joy, hope, and awe even as the earth is being pummeled by electrified gasses.