11 February, 2010

This Calming Storm

"Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake." And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling [with water], and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, "Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!"
                                                                                            -Luke 8:22-25

It is amazing how often I forget the power of our King.

Here Christ tells his disciples "let us go cross the lake". He knows the troubles that lie ahead and yet He led them there. Upon their following his command, they later find themselves in an (from human perspective) alarming situation. They immediately forget that they were directed to that place by their Lord, as well as all of the miracles they had witnessed Him perform. They panic, fret, and fear. Upon Christ's awaking, He calms this seemingly huge problem.
Why do we as Christians, so quickly jump to panic, concern...angst?

I strive to follow His leadings. To step where He directs. Today, I believe that I am in His will. I believe I am where He wants me to be, doing what He wants me to do. He guided me to this lake...He told me to cross.
A storm arises, and my vessel begins to fill with water. Reaction comes in thoughts of "I am finished, I shall perish!", but, I know better...deep down I know better.
My Lord is here with me! He is here!!! All is well!


Michelle said...

Hi Bradley,
I enjoyed your post...The storm rages and we panic--it's definitely my default mode!

I know that God wants us to respond to these situations with calm and peace--it's a sure sign that we know and trust Him...and although I believe that this is certainly possible, it is such a difficult thing to do...

but it is also comforting to know that in our human weakness, when we cannot, at least we know that we can always call upon Him and rely upon His grace, and he will either calm the storm...or calm us and give us peace.
God Bless,

Marla said...

I am so glad I found you through Dawn. How did you get so smart so young?

OklahomaBrad said...

It's so good to know of others in the same thoughts and dilemas as I. Thank you for helping me see that it is not only I that so often found scared of a storm.

I can not express how happy I am that you found me as well! I look forward to hearing more from you.
:) I think many would argue my lack of smart... Thank you, However!
You made my day!

Sylva Knight said...

This spoke to me. I've heard it before, written about it myself, but how forgetful we humans are! What a cliff we stand on...