The Market is flooded with Keep Calm slogans these days; in fact you can go online and design your own. Sovereign Hill, where we like to stay when we take a break is famous for its raspberry drops. They have a slogan Keep Calm and Suck Raspberry Drops. I am sure you have all seen Keep Calm slogans on Tees, Aprons, mugs and the like. Recently I saw a ‘Keep Calm and Sparkle On’, and a ‘Keep Calm and Be a Princess’ but I particularly liked ‘Keep Calm and Love Your Grandma’.
My English mother was one for positive, motivational slogans but I can’t recall her using this one at all. The original slogan was of course ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ and maybe the reason she didn’t use it was because although she lived through the war and there were 2.45 million posters printed, it was hardly ever publicly displayed.
Designed in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War it was meant to raise the morale of the British public should they be invaded. It came to light again in the year 2000 when one was discovered in a bookshop. We do know that many British cities were indeed bombed and some flattened but the British stiff upper lip, self discipline and fortitude prevailed. The people did ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ in adversity without the now famous poster.
Courage and resolve does not only apply to the British, how many times have we seen bravery and stoicism on our TV screens lately. People who have vowed to stand shoulder to shoulder in the face of catastrophe and terrorism determined not to let the oppressor have the victory.
When looking for a picture of the original poster today I noticed one that said Keep Calm and Read Isaiah 54:17. This scripture verse reads “No weapon forged against you will prevail and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. (New International Version)
Are you being accused of something you didn’t do? Do you feel like the whole world is against you? The prophet Isaiah is promising that If we put our trust in God he will see that no weapon will prevail and we will be able to disprove every accusation. So, hang in there, trust God and see Him work on your behalf.