God of the Storm.
No sooner had my mother thought that she could pay all of the bills for the month when I came in to tell her that I had accidently broke the neighbors window with my baseball.
I couldn’t understand why her eyes teared up as she called my dad to ask for an advance on the child support. I was 11 years old, and I already realized that life was about surviving one storm only to be beaten by another. It doesn’t take long to learn this lesson.
As an adult, I struggled with my own storms in life. As everything fell apart around me, I often wondered where God was. If He was real, then He obviously didn’t concern Himself with me and my problems. If He was good, then He must have thought that I was too far gone to waste His time on. I’m sure I am not the only person to have felt this way—like God is taking a nap while we are facing the scariest moments of our lives.
Even Jesus’ own disciples felt this way, at time. Mark and Matthew both recount the time when the disciples were on a boat with Jesus and a furious storm suddenly came (Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:23-27). Mark wrote:
“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’” (Mark 4:37-38 NIV).
The disciples cried out what I think many of us have cried out to God:
“Don’t You care? We are facing some scary and dangerous things and You’re taking a nap!”
This seems like a valid cry. I do wonder though, when we cry out, how often have we really considered God? I mean, I know that it can seem like he doesn’t care about us, or like He is ignoring us; but we have to consider the reality: Jesus is the manifestation of God’s love.
God so loved the world, that Jesus took on flesh and came to walk with us, hand-in-hand. He ministered to the people He created. He healed the sick, loved the unlovable, and brought hope in a way that the world never could have fathomed. And then He counted it joy to be crucified so that we could have life (Hebrews 12:2). How can we assume that a God like that would ignore us or would not care about us?
The disciples faced something right in front of them, something that they knew to be dangerous. But they neglected to realize that on board—dwelling with them in that same storm—was the God who spoke everything into existence.
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (39-40)
Notice that Jesus doesn’t argue with the waves and wind, nor does He perform some lengthy incantation; He simply speaks and they obey. And why wouldn’t they? After all, He is their creator as well. When God speaks, every knee bows—with no exception.
This God, with this infinite power and perfect love, was in the storm with them. Do you realize that He is not ignoring you, but that He is in the storm with you? The storm is real and the danger is real, but the One who is with us is greater than any other.
My mom survived raising four kids as a single mom. She faced storm after storm. She was often scared—so were we—but she trusted God and God brought her through them. I look back now, and I realize that He was always there with us—He is, even today.
There are many uncertainties about our world: the weather, the government, the economy, and every person on earth. But we can be certain that God is all-powerful and that He loves us. In that, you can find peace in the midst of the storm.
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