As if dealing with COVID 19 wasn’t enough, people out west have had to deal to enormous forest fires and folks in the gulf coast have had to deal with eight hurricanes so far this season! Hurricanes caused hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars in damages! It has been a terrible hurricane season!
In Mark 4:35-41 we see Jesus with His disciples in a boat caught up in a storm. The disciples have been around Jesus for some time now, but when the storm hits they panic and think they are all going to die. What I love about these few verses is the simplicity of such a fundamental lesson. Jesus doesn’t get anxious and start panicking with them, He simply rebukes the storm and all is still. The lesson is simply that Jesus is in control. He can rebuke the storms in our lives at any stage if we will just trust in His ability to do so. Even if the storm continues to rage, if we are holding on to Jesus then we know that we will survive. I believe that God allows us to go through storms to test our faith, to see if we look at the storm and panic, or look to Jesus for protection. Have you ever been seasick? I have. It’s terrible! If you suffer from sea-sickness on a boat you should either lie down or you should focus on a fixed point on the horizon. I think this is good advice on how to deal with the storms in our lives - the moment we try to fight the storm; the storm is our focus. But if we place our trust in Jesus and focus on his love and protection, we can be filled with His peace. We have all had times in our life when we were afraid. Times when we have had to face the “storms” of life. Today, put yourself in the boat with the disciples. They were afraid because the waves were crashing over into the boat! They thought that they were about to die! They were focusing on the storm, they had lost their focus on Jesus. Like Jesus’ disciples, many times we find ourselves in the midst of storms, problems and difficulties in our lives. God’s Word assures you that you can experience God’s peace even in the midst of storms. How can we enjoy this peace? As you focus on Jesus, you can experience His peace as you allow Him to calm the storms in your life today. May you receive the peace of Jesus as you trust in His love and protection. Living in the hope of Jesus, Pastor Maske