2019-07-15 - Storms
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:23-27 NIV)
If the Lord can sleep through storms, and if He allows storms, we should be able to handle them - not by our own strength or skill set - but because He is always present with us. If I list all the things I am afraid of, none would include certainties, only possibilities, and yet they feel real in my mind.
God is asking me to step out of the familiar and comfortable. The act of not taking control is an act of faith. If I step out, life will be harder, more anxious, busier, and have opposition. It doesn't seem worth it. Part of me says that this can't be God, as it doesn't make sense, and yet I have peace to pursue it.
I tend to second guess that I heard God correctly. At least, I'm ready to cautiously get my feet wet before jumping in.
Lord, Help me wait for Your instruction, waiting for Your answer, even if it isn't immediate. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen
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All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.