And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
I was researching something completely different for today’s devotion, but this keeps being put back on my heart. Lately I’ve received emails from dear friends, and observed others firsthand, that have various crisis happening in their lives. It’s so common we often hear someone say, “Don’t we all?” Yes, we do. The difference is how we handle it.
Some will take on the popular slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” attitude. I have one of those shirts myself and I wondered how it came to be. It turns out the British Government commissioned a series of posters to distribute during WWII. Only capital letters were used against a simple two color format. The only graphic was the crown of King George VI.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON was the third poster in the series. Never released, it was held in reserve for an extreme crisis, such as an invasion by the Germans. It was found 60 years later and purchased at auction by a bookstore owner. He knew and opportunity when he saw it, and the rest is history. After handing the poster in his store window, he started producing identical images on mugs, shirts, etc.
Everyone, it seems, appreciates the reminder from another generation to keep calm and carry on. You can’t control the weather, you aren’t in charge of the economy, but you can remain calm knowing God is in control.
Remember, God is in the crisis and already has a plan to use this for your good. To create an opportunity in your life. Keep calm and take heart in the fact that our understanding is not His. Keep calm and God will quiet your spirit and shift your focus.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON