Calming the Storm
In the gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke speak of an evening where Jesus calmed a storm that would have overtaken their ship. Jesus and his disciples were on their way through the Sea of Galilee when “Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:23-27)
Too often than not we lose sight of God’s purpose when we suffer tough times. We can become wrapped up in the anxieties of this chaotic life. Whether that be grief/loss, illness, financial problems, or marital strife. This life can present so many difficulties, but during these times we must take comfort in Him and remember that the waves and winds still know His name. And we can call upon his name when seas rise. The song the eye of the storm says it well.
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
And in the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm
Practically speaking it can be tough to get from a point of panic to one of peace, but it’s not impossible. In Psalm 46 it instructs us to “Be still and know that I am God.” It’s easy to say, "have faith" but often the pace of our lives mimics the pace of our hearts. It is so important to take a beat… a breath…. And be still, so we can take comfort that He is God.