Scripture: Jeremiah 1:11-19 (NIV)

The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” The word of the LORD came to me again: “What do you see?” “I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”  The LORD said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.  I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the LORD. “Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah. I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made. “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

Jeremiah prophesied that Jerusalem was going to be attacked, that it was going to be part of a war whether it wanted to be or not. It had to be a terrifying time for those listening to the prophet, but he also had good news mixed in there. God would be with them and would bring them through it. They could have some peace even while the world was falling apart around them.

Late in The Force Awakens, we see a similar situation. Rey is battling against Kylo Ren on a rapidly collapsing Starkiller Base. Kylo, being the more experienced warrior, has Rey almost defeated as she is just barely able to hold off his lightsaber. Finally, she realizes that she can rely on the Force in her battle. A moment of peace and tranquility surrounds her before she begins to fight like never before, driving back Kylo Ren and inflicting a serious wound upon him before the battle is ended by a chasm opening up in the planet.

Rey found the peace in the strife, just like Jeremiah spoke of when he talked about the coming crisis for those in Israel. We can do that as well. It seems difficult and sometimes foolhardy to stop trying to meet an attack or a situation or a calamity head-on. Pausing seems to be a way to let the situation completely spiral out of control. Instead, though, if we can call on the name of the Lord before the battle is joined, we will find that we can tap into His power to get through whatever is coming our way. When the Lord is your ally, taking a moment for peace first pays remarkable dividends later.

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