Psalm 31:20-22 (CJB)
20 (19) But oh, how great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you,
which you do for those who take refuge in you,
before people’s very eyes!
21 (20) In the shelter of your presence
you hide them from human plots,
you conceal them in your shelter,
safe from contentious tongues.
22 (21) Blessed be Adonai!
For he has shown me his amazing grace
when I was in a city under siege.
The eye is so calm because the now strong surface winds that converge towards the center never reach it. The coriolis force deflects the wind slightly away from the center, causing the wind to rotate around the center of the hurricane (the eye wall), leaving the exact center (the eye) calm. [google search: Why is the eye of the hurricane so calm?]
We are surrounded by "strong winds" but are promised to remain safe in the shelter of our God. Many of us are working directly and indirectly to be and to create places of refuge for those ready and wanting to step out of the storm. We work to bring together people and communities to care for and walk out love for our neighbors. We work to go beyond the indifference and apathy brought on by being "tossed to and fro by every wind of teaching." [Ephesians 4:13-15].
We are promised refuge in our God. We are promised that the enemy will "never reach" us. We are promised to be safe in the eye of the storm.
24 (23) Love Adonai, you faithful of his.
Adonai preserves the loyal,
but the proud he repays in full.
25 (24) Be strong, and fill your hearts with courage,
all of you who hope in Adonai.