One day JESUS said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. -Luke 8:22-25
A reminder for you and me today.
EVEN WHEN we get into the boat with Jesus, there will be storms.
Why do I assume there won’t be?
Let’s don’t quickly assume we misheard.
He is there. Maybe He is waiting for us to ‘wake him’ instead of trying to navigate it ourselves.
His priority is growing our trust in Him. This includes storms. I know, I don’t like it either. They’re scary, dark and dangerous. But He can’t always prove His faithfulness in smooth waters.
Storms aren’t necessarily the result of His absence but His great love for us. Yes, this is hard to remember when the waters are raging. Believe me, I’m the quickest to doubt and question.
Today, may we remember His presence in our boat. After all, it was His invitation to cross the sea. But He’s not sending us alone. He is here. Let’s wake Him and trust that He will faithfully calm the storm that surrounds us or help us to safely navigate through it.
May we never forget that at His command the waves subside and the waters become calm.
How and when are up to Him. Our part is to trust.