Peace, be still

An old fishing boat

(Photo credit: Jimmy McIntyre)

A violent windstorm popped up out of nowhere. Towering, foaming waves bashed the fishing boat and drenched the men aboard. It was a violent storm, unlike anything they had encountered when out to sea. It must have frightened them to think that this storm could be the one they had always feared. This time could be their death. Frantically these burly fishermen bailed to no avail. Clearly the boat was sinking. Obviously they were no match for nature’s fury.

But this was no ordinary storm. And this was no ordinary group of men. One of them was the Son of God and He was fast asleep in the back of the boat; totally unconcerned for their safety or so it must have seemed to the disciples.

So they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to die?”

Then he got up, ordered the wind to stop, and said to the sea, “Be still, absolutely still!” The wind stopped blowing, and the sea became very calm.

He asked them, “Why are you such cowards [timid and fearful]? Don’t you have any faith yet?”

They were overcome with fear and asked each other, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”   Mark 4:37-41, GW

Is this not our question most days?

Master, don’t You care if we perish? We call out for Him in the night when we can’t fall asleep and we call out to Him in the day when there are so many reminders of our needs. Does He answer? Is He listening? The disciples had Jesus in the boat with them. The Creator of all things, the Savior of the world was taking a nap in the boat. He was that close when the wind shifted, caught the sails and was about the capsize them.

When they finally remembered who was on board with them, they asked Him, “Do You care?”

Does He? Is there evidence that He really does? Is the following verse evidence of His care? What does it say to your heart?

When calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you . . . all who listen to me will live in peace.  Proverbs 1:27, 33, NLT

He was in the boat then . . . and He is near you and me now. Always loving, always wooing, always longing for a personal relationship. So He knocks on the door of our hearts. We can choose to let Him in. We can choose to start a friendship. We can choose to surrender our worries; to stop bailing on our own. We can choose to simply ask the Peacekeeper to guide us to a place of safety when storms in our lives arise.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

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