Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Calm in the Storms of Life

Mark 4:38  Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion.  Frantically they woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?”
Maybe you know what it’s like to believe you are drowning.  Maybe you too know the desperation of the moment and you are in a state of panic.  Maybe you are there today.  Perhaps you are drowning in the overwhelming stresses of living, maybe the bills are piling up, maybe you have health issues, or maybe the kids are really messing up their lives.  Perhaps people are judging you unfairly and really making your life difficult.  Whatever the reason may be, maybe you too feel like there is no hope or help for you. 
In all likelihood, people are of little help.  Some may mean well and try to offer you advice, but it doesn’t help much.  Some may pray for you, but the situation remains the same.  Some may help as much as they can, but it’s never enough.  Some may try to convince you that they understand, but unless they have experienced it themselves, they don’t.  Yet, in spite of all the hopelessness, we find comfort in today’s verse.  There is Jesus.
The disciples were really concerned and desperate and they even questioned whether or not Jesus cared they were about to drown in their storm.  Perhaps you have wondered the same thing.  Does Jesus really care?  Yes, He does!
We find Him in the very next verse getting up and rebuking the storm and immediately the storm was no more.  He wasn’t fazed by the storm’s presence or size.  He cared about His disciples and came to their rescue.  Now, He doesn’t immediately cause all our storms to go away, but He does promise to be with us and hold us steady in the storms.  Sometimes we need the storms in order to get stronger in faith so they don’t go away as quickly as we would like.  But, when we turn our storms over to Him and put our trust in Him, He helps us through the storms.  Jesus alone is our only sure hope and help in the storms of life.  Let Him help you and everything will be alright. 
Just remember, on the other side of every storm, the Son shines.

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