When the ‘storms of life’ come, it can seem like everything is crashing around us, we feel swamped and helpless. We can take our eyes of Jesus and focus on the waves. Things feel like they are too much for us to handle and we panic. God however, does not panic. God does not think ‘oh no, a storm, whatever shall I do?’ God is calm.
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side”. Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.
Not only was Jesus calm in this situation, he was so calm that he was asleep. He slept. He wasn’t worried or fearsome. Jesus was sleeping comfortably on a boat that was being swamped, with waves crashing around him. Jesus had peace and did not fear. The disciples were not so confident. Jesus had told them to cross to the other side, yet when they saw the obstacle before them they became afraid (Matthew 8:26). This is our normal reaction.
I write this because my earthly father recently had a mini-stroke. My first reaction was to cry and be afraid, but before that could happen I received a text from a brother (in response to a text asking for prayer for the situation) telling me to firstly rebuke the fear. So I did. As soon as I did that urge to cry and worry was gone, there was, in its place, a calm.
If we are in God’s will and following his orders, as the disciples were when crossing the sea of Galilee, we shouldn’t be struck by fear when something bad happens. God has equipped us for every situation in Christ Jesus (Heb 13:21, 2 Tim 3:17), and he is always with us through the storm. No storm is bigger than God, and nothing makes Him afraid. God will see us through everything. Lift everything in prayer! Jesus delivered the disciples, and he will deliver us, furthermore, we are equipped to do his will.
God bless you and keep you always.