2006-04-24 - God of the Storms
Mark 4:35-40 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Jesus was able to sleep through a storm because of his faith. He trusted God to lead him so he didn't have worries about the ups and downs in life; he knew God would see him through it until he got where God wanted him to be. I once heard a preacher say something along the lines of "God won't let us die if we're doing his will, until his plan is accomplished in us." That must be how Jesus felt. He desired to always be about his Father's business (Luke 2:49), so he could sleep in the storm, knowing that God's plan was not yet finished. He was not yet to that cry on Calvary (John 19:30)
Back last August or September, my wife, Dana, and I both began to feel like it was time for us to leave New Heights - the church we had attended for nearly eight years. We liked the church, and I had really grown a lot there in my Christian walk. For Dana and our son, Jordan, it was their only church home. There were no big problems; we simply felt it was time to go. It seemed we had both done all we could there, and with no new challenges, we had just stopped growing. We talked about it and prayed about it a lot. Our church home was a safe harbor, and as I looked out into the sea, all I saw was storm clouds. I prayed and prayed about those storm clouds. I prayed for God to make them all clear up, but God kept telling me to get in the boat anyway.
The prayer conversation went something like this:
"God I'll go, but can you take away the storm."
Sometimes Jordan and I kid Dana that her favorite thing on TV is The Weather Channel. If a storm's coming, she is glued to it, and even when there's not one, I still see her watching it periodically throughout the day. This time though, I was the storm watcher. All the patches of green and red looked impossible to sail through. But we finally got the message to get out on the lake and head to the other side. God wanted us to leave our home and find a new one. There was not doubt we heard Jesus' call, "Let us pass over unto the other side."
Until Next Time,
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted