That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41
A storm is defined as a violent, atmospheric disturbance. Someone once said that in this Christian journey you are either at one of three levels: either you’re on your way into a storm, you’ve just left a storm, or you are presently in a storm. Because our adversary, the devil, desires to sift us as wheat, we can guarantee that he is the manufacturer of some of the storms we experience. There are also storms we’ve created, sometimes out of our own disobedience, and then there are storms that are meant to test our faith. Regardless of the origination of these storms, we must realize that God has, in His infinite wisdom, allowed the storms to come in our lives. Therefore, we can trust that since He has allowed them, we can have peace in the midst of our storms and we can, in fact, survive our storms.
The disciples did not expect the storm so when it rose up with fierceness, they were both afraid and disappointed that Jesus did not seem to care enough to wake up while the storm was upon them. However, what they failed to realize was that Jesus was not taken by surprise by the storm. Being both God and man, Jesus knew the storm was coming and he knew how to handle the storm! We must know that when storms appear in our lives, they have not taken our Lord by surprise! He can handle our storms and give us peace in the midst of them.
Storms are to be expected and their ultimate result is to grow us in our faith and test where we are spiritually. God takes our stormy moments and often uses them to speak to us. Sometimes it’s the only way He can get our attention. We are often distracted so much with our busy lives and the countless things we are involved in, and He will use storms to quiet us down so that we can hear from Him.
How do we have peace while in the midst of our storm experiences? We must remember what God says: Jesus began the passage by telling the disciples that they were going to the other side. It shouldn’t have mattered what happened in the interim – Jesus guaranteed that they would go to the other side. We must stand on God’s words and have faith that He will bring to pass whatever He has said. We must remember what Jesus did – he went to sleep. We can shift the weight of our storms on Him. We don’t have to go through sleepless nights and worry ourselves into sickness – we can cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us and we can go to sleep/rest! We must also remember who He is! The disciples were awed by His power! Who was this that even the winds and the seas obey Him? He was God! He is the Master-Teacher! He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient!
Wherever you are – in a storm, on your way into a storm or just coming out of a storm – God is able! He will give you peace to make it through any storm and He will give you the fortitude you need to survive it!
c/2008 Candie A. Price