As I write this post we are in the middle of a severe thunderstorm warning. The rain is coming down in buckets and the wind is gusting at about 50 mph. I can see lightning in the distance. The trees in our backyard are swaying to and fro. Yesterday we had black ice as temperatures were in the 20s, today it is already 65 degrees.
Maybe right now you too are in the midst of a storm. It could be you are facing a serious health issue or someone in your family is sick. Maybe you’ve tried to come up with a plan to help get your finances on solid ground but the bills keep piling up and the hole seems to keep getting deeper. Your employment is on shaky ground and you are concerned that they will lay you off. It could be an issue with your parents or your kids. Your marriage is on the rocks. Whatever the storm is you are facing, you are fearful that it is too big for you to handle. You are stressed out and you can’t sleep. You feel as if the water is rising quickly and it will soon be over your head. You find yourself constantly asking “Why me?”
In the midst of the storm we want to offer a bit of hope. Scripture tells us that regardless of whether the storm you are facing was forecasted or it came as a total surprise, one thing remains – Jesus is with you and is your anchor in the midst of the storm. Jesus calls us to faith in Him; to put our complete trust in Him.
Let us share a story found in three of the four gospels. It talks about a storm, the fear and lack of faith of the disciples in the midst of the storm, and the power of Jesus to calm that storm. We read these words in Mark 4:35-41…
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have little faith?” They were terrified (Matthew’s version says “they were amazed”) and asked each other, “Who is this” Even the wind and waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41
(See Matthew 8:23-27 and Luke 8:22-25 for comparison.)
Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, Chaplain of the United States Senate from 1995-2003, put it this way, “Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us in our deepest inner soul.”
So today if you have not yet put your trust in Jesus, pray and ask Him into your heart and accept all that He has for you. If you are already a follower of Jesus but find it hard to calm your inner soul, then right now pray and ask Jesus for a peace that passes all understanding.
New Bern, North Carolina