Friday, December 1, 2017

Calm the storm

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 no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Don't we all do this sometimes, when the storms in our life hit. We at times get all caught up in it, panic, anxiety, fear anger, depression, sorrow..., you name it, we get stuck in it. The disciples did and they had the Creator of Life in the boat! Fact is we look at the things we see and get driven by them, then we loose sight of the unseen which are the eternal things. The very things that can give or peace in our storms. They had Him in the boat, which we have Him in our heart, (even closer than the boat). We have to train ourselves where to turn when it hits.
Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us that through the endurance and the encouragement taught in the Scriptures we might have hope.
Turn to the Scripture, same as turning to Jesus, as John 1:14 says "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us." Look if Jesus conquered the biggest enemy in our lives, death, he can and will most certainly take care of the small stuff, (which at the time we are in it seems bigger than life). His way is rarely to fix the problem, but to calm the storm in our hearts and minds to give us peace even while it is storming on the outside. Doesn't He tell us not to fear, don't be anxious, don't worry, etc...? He tells us to give it to Him and carry His load, for His yoke is easy and burden is light. Giving it to Him, is calling out to Him every time it starts to pop up in your head, and do not dwell on it. It take endurance and dedication to keep on doing it, but in time, (His time) you will find yourself in the midst of His peace. Trust Him, He came to give us His life! Stay Blessed, PJ