“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, 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!” Mt 8:23-25
How many of you have a weather app on your smart phone that alerts you if there is severe weather moving into the area where you live?
My severe weather warning indicator is a tan, long haired, dog called Maysie. Day or night, before I ever hear thunder or see lightning, she begins sticking close to me like Velcro on Velcro.
She hasn’t missed yet on her storm warnings.
His disciples faced a major storm.
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mk 4:39
“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Lk 8:25
Storms and turmoil of life are mentioned in other parts of scripture. In Ps 65-7, David refers to God as the one, “who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.” In Ps 107:29, “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”
In Job 11:18-19 Zophar tries to comfort Job, “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.”
Back to Maysie and her storm anxiety…a lot of petting and soft talk reassuring her that she is safe. If she is really having a hard time, open the bottle of her vet prescribed tranquilizers and administer a couple of pills hidden in peanut butter.
When storm warning signs start popping up around us, our faith in God provides the strokes we need to calm down. If the going gets really tough, open his Word and look for his reassuring words.
“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,” Ps 91:5. “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD,” Ps 112:7. “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet,” Pr 3:24.
Lord, thank you for your promises to take care of us when the storms of life seem to be on the verge of overrunning us. You are there calming the waves. You know what we are facing. You are calming the waves and winds, telling us to place our paddles back into the water and move forward.