Calms the storms …

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 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?”
The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

While reading this story to my children this morning I was both comforted and rebuked myself. I confidently walk around my life. It is easy to follow Jesus when we are on solid ground. Even the disciples didn’t think anything about crossing the lake with Jesus because after all some were fisherman and spent most of their days on the water. I identify with these guys so much. I can walk the walk and talk the talk in the calm moments. It’s easy to praise God when my kids are healthy and behaving. When my marriage is going smooth and my work demands aren’t too overwhelming. But, once the storm came they felt differently about their Jesus. I imagine the scene in my head. Anger? Frustration? Grief? Confusion? Doubt … as they held on for dear life and watched their friend Jesus sleep peacefully. Do you think they questioned the words that had come from Jesus’ mouth? His character? Did any of them question their decision to follow him? It is evident how they felt when they said, “Don’t you care that we are going to drown?” What a shift. It was easy for them to be a Jesus follower when it was comfortable. But at the moment when they were being pounded by the waves, tossed in every direction and unable to see a light at the end of the tunnel, their faith turned to fear. I am no different. How many times have I been sitting in a “boat” looking up to God asking him if he even cares. Don’t you see me? Don’t you hear me pleading with you? Don’t you care?

When Jesus steps in {about an hour too late if the disciples had a say-so} he tells the wind and the waves to be silent. And they listen. And they obey. Close your eyes and envision that calm, peaceful scene. To be surrounded by such authority, such strength. I think the disciples remained silent, too. “Why were you so afraid? Where is your faith?” Oh how that phrase just pains my heart. I have doubted God’s goodness and his plans so many times in my life. And yet, each of those times I find myself saying “Forgive me Lord, I doubted you. But you were faithful.” What do we need to truly believe? Isn’t the cross enough? I’d like to say that if I saw him calm a storm that way, I’d never have a problem with faith again. But, that is not true. I start doing life, getting comfortable and then boom{!}, another storm. And doubt fills my head and heart. In defense of the disciples, the Bible was not written yet so they were literally going on faith. We, on the other hand have the rest of the story and therefore no excuse.

“Who is this man that even the wind and the waves obey him?” Here are some things I found about this Jesus.

He is powerful :: Jeremiah 10:12

But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom.
With his own understanding he stretched out the heavens.

He is detailed :: Luke 12:7

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

He is gracious :: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

He fulfills promises :: Isaiah 43:1-4

But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.

God is trustworthy. Bottom line.

He loves me … and you. Bottom line.

Even when I think he’s asleep, he is not. Bottom line.

Blessings,

KC

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13 Responses to Calms the storms …

  1. Genevieve says:

    exceptional. thanks for this truth, K.C.

  2. “Even when I think he’s asleep. He is not. Bottom line.” – yes and Amen. I love that. Thank you!

  3. Oh, I was in need of this tonight: ““My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

    *Thank you* friend…

  4. I do love that verse, how he calls us by name and we are his. Thank you for this sweet reminder.

  5. gitz says:

    “even when we think He is asleep, He is not.”

    one of my favorite quotes is: “Have courage for the great sorrows in life and patience for the small ones. And when you have finished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

    I never thought of it with this story of the boat in the storm before, but it fits perfectly. another good visual for me to remember in those times…

    • K.C. says:

      I love that quote! “Patience for the small ones…” I just recently did a post on patience. Oh, how I need more of it. Thanks for stopping by…be blessed today!

  6. emily says:

    I’m so proud of you. And proud to be your friend.

  7. the nester says:

    KC, what timely words for me right now, thank you. I love being reminded that we don’t have to wait till everything is ok to have peace. that there is rest in the midst.

    on another less important note, your blog is so beautiful that I want to cry.

  8. charis says:

    this is so good – such a needed reminder for me today in the midst of a storm. i can so related. thanks for your encouragement!
    my recent post: simple woman’s daybook 5.25.11

  9. Thank you for this reminder and gentle nudging tonight to remember who is in control.

    And yes, your blog is lovely!! I love that background!!

    Blessings,
    Melissa

    • K.C. says:

      Thank you Melissa. I am a fairly new to the blogging world…your encouragement means a lot!

      Be blessed,
      KC

  10. Jodie says:

    This is exactly the kind of blog I dream of doing someday: simply sharing your heart and journey (and to look like this too – wow, so lovely!). Thank you for your encouraging words and vulnerability – just what I needed to hear today. Blessings to you and keep it up!

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