I am far, far, from perfect, and I am in no way condemning anyone with the words I write in this post. This is more a post for myself, as I write to work through my thoughts. But if this post challenges your own walk with Christ in any way, then I guess that is a bonus. After all, we are called…
how comforting it is to know that when i am overwhelmed, God is not. when i am confused, he is clear and calm. when all my prayers are, “hey. i don’t even know what to pray so i’m just going to sit here with you for a while,” he is near.
"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 no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
- Mark 4:35-41Some of the lessons in the story are obvious. Jesus has power over the storms of life, experiences them alongside us, loves us, saves us from them and wants us to trust him more than we do. But a lesson that might not be so obvious is that storms don’t worry Jesus. He’s right there with us during them, but he’s perfectly calm about them. He isn’t terrified; he isn’t impatient; he isn’t worried. In fact, he’s so calm, he’s asleep. To us, he seems to be asleep at the switch. We wonder why on earth he doesn’t get up and do something. We start to wonder whether he even knows the trouble we’re in. Whether he cares. Whether he even can do anything about it. Whether he’s really all he’s cracked up to be.
We have no reason to be afraid.
Even the wind and waves obey him. He just has to utter one word.
Can my Jesus lovin’, adventure-lovin’, and me-lovin’ fellow find me soon please?
Reminder: I need Jesus just as much as someone who hasn’t met him.
Obstacles and delays may discourage us, but we can rest on this incredible promise. It is our Saviour’s power that enables his work, not our own.