Calming the Storm!
Mark 4:37-29: But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Could you imagine being in a boat filling with water and starting to sink? Be honest, would you be frantic like the disciples doing whatever you could to keep the boat afloat or like Jesus sleeping through it all not worried, nor anxious, and unafraid? I think for most of us we would be scared out of our minds, just like the disciples. While we are not facing literal storms sitting in a sinking boat, we do deal with the storms of life that come along and threaten to sink our life. Maybe today you or a loved one are dealing with health issues, financial problems, worries about job, school, life, the future, or something else. It can seem overwhelming and, like the disciples, we can end up frantic, floundering for help. But there is someone who can calm the storm you are facing. He can give you peace that surpasses all understanding, joy unspeakable, and can take away the worry, anxiousness, and fear. You were created for purpose, so don’t let the storms of life deter you from it.
Sometimes He calms the storm, and other times He calms you to go through the storm!
Now there is a rest of the story to this story. In Acts 12 James, John’s brother, was put to death and Peter was arrested. The expectation is that Peter is the next person to be put to death since the execution of one of the disciples was making the Jewish crowds happy. Most of us would expect Peter to be afraid that this might be his last night on earth before he died. For most of us, we probably would be up all night worried, anxious, and afraid. Yet check out what Peter is doing (Acts 12:6), “The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate.” The storms of life are all around Peter and he is now asleep through it all just like Jesus was in Mark.
Your past does not matter, whether you were afraid, worried, anxious, or hysterical through previous storms, they have passed. What matters is your present and future, the storm you are facing now or the ones to come. Life is not perfect and we live in a fallen world. It means we will face tough and trying circumstances. Storms will come the question is how will you react to them? Will it be with peace and calm or fear and worry?