Solace in a storm

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 4:35-41

When do you seek God?  Is it in the quiet of a peascful sunrise?  The crispness of a star-filled night?  Or do you only seek Him in a frantic storm?

The disciples were in the presence of the living Son of God, yet they took him for granted!  They paid no attention to Him, until they were in trouble.  When they called, he calmed the storm, and their fears.  Yet even as they watched him calm the storm, they still did not believe the full truth.

Does this parallel your own life?  Do you ignore God until you need him, and then watch in amazement as he works?  How many times have you asked God for help, and when he answers, you respond with “WOW!  I didn’t know He could do THAT!”  I know that I have found myself in that same boat as the disciples on many occasions.  I go along with the journey, ignoring the presence of God until a storm hits.  We must remember that the same Savior that is the God of storms, is also God of the still waters.

I urge to call on God daily, whether in stormy seas or still waters.  Humbly beg God to be with you in all journeys, and watch in amazement as he reveals His plan in your life.

In Him,


November 09 2008 12:57 pm | General

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