I remember the story of JESUS on the boat with the disciples and a great storm appeared. And the disciples panicked and woke JESUS up. As the story goes, JESUS calmed the storms and all was well.
So often life throws us curve balls and we just react to the situation in normal human fashion much like the disciples did; total panic. Once the issue sinks in, the nervous breakdown happens and then smack in the forehead (V8 style) and you realize….. I could’ve held onto my joy.
My dad was a very strong man. I guess most girls think that of their daddy. I look back and feel saddened that he carried heavy burdens. He was the kind of man that was helping everyone; many times his own needs were put on the back-burner so he could assist. (unless he had a golf game scheduled) GOD gave him those large shoulders and he used them well. He also was a happy man but I know he carried stress. It ultimately affected his health. I see that with me now, my blood pressure is out of whack and my body is aching and fatigue set in. Ironically my stress has to do with the good ol IRS and there is a famous story in my family regarding my dad’s behavior in an IRS auditor’s office. I will not go there…….
So in my miserable state over the last few days over the IRS (like daddy) I was not a great one to be around. Frankly, I have had many tough issues hitting me over the last few weeks and probably have been mopey at times to say the least. I guess you could say,
my boat’s a rockin and I don’t feel JESUS knockin… (bad analogy here)
But is that not how the disciples felt??? GOD knew and knows how we are going to react. In spite of acting like scared and spoiled brats; he saves us, forgives us and loves us. It is in the storms of life that we reach out more, hold on longer but we also forget. So we react….. and JESUS calms the storm, the waves are hushed, the waters are stilled and the boat continue on.
THANK GOD, THANK JESUS that I am forgiven for my quick to react, slow to remember attitude. THANK GOD, THANK JESUS that in my storms, there is and will be calm. It does not matter how strong the winds are, or turbulent the waves are in my life…. JESUS will calm everything. I am NOT sailing alone!
We CAN help each other. We CAN pray for that calm for each other. We ALL have our storms! What is your storm? What do you need prayer for? I will tell you what. I will pray for you in your turbulence, can you pray for me in mine?
In all I give thanks to JESUS who always provides for me in abundance even when I act like a big baby scared of the storm. AMEN and HALLELULIA!
Psalm 107:29 HE stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed.