When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze. Is. 43:2-3
Stay calm and carry on is more than popular British advice. Confidence and the ability to stay “cool” is an interesting behavior. There are many things that can shake a person’s confidence. It can be shaken from within and from without. There is the rub – do we live a more outside-in life or inside-out life? What I mean to say is, do you allow people, events, and circumstances affect and direct you or are you guided from knowledge and truth from within? Some people see living inside-out as cool, dispassionate, and arrogant. I believe that those who prefer to live outside-in are shaped by their circumstances, frustrated, and filled with self doubt or false bravado. Living inside-out does not mean you must shut off all critique. You should listen, assess, and evaluate from an inner core and conviction and in a passionate but civil way move forward in life.
While other’s lives may be chaotic and fractured by events and dissapointments you remain steady and trusting in the One who dwells within and who in Spirit speaks to your spirit and says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”