Saturday, February 16, 2013

And the Wind Died Down

OK, flip the coin.
There is another side.
Peace is our refuge in the storm.
But, He doesn't always want
to still us in the storm.
Sometimes He wants to still the storm.
Jesus insisted that the disciples 
get in the boat and go on ahead.
Mark 6:45
Various translations say that Jesus 
"compelled, made, insisted, caused" 
the disciples to get in the boat 
while He went off alone.
He was setting them up that He might
teach them something about Himself.

The boat was somewhere in the middle of the lake. 
He could see that the disciples were struggling hard 
because they were rowing against the wind. 
Not long before morning, Jesus came toward them. 
He was walking on the water and was about to pass by.
When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, 
they thought He was a ghost and started screaming. 
All of them saw Him and were terrified. 
But at that same time He said, 
“Don’t worry! I am Jesus. Don’t be afraid.” 
He then got into the boat with them, 
and the wind died down.
Sometimes Jesus wants to show us
His power over the winds.
"I am Jesus. Don't be afraid."
He gets into the boat with us,
and the wind dies down.
I need to be able to call on His peace and 
stand still no matter what is going on.
But I can also ask that He would 
get in the boat and speak to the storm.
He came to them "not long before morning."
I don't know the exact hour that He will come.
The disciples had been struggling and 
rowing against the storm for a while.
Jesus saw their struggle.
I am not sure why it says that 
He would have passed them by.
It wasn't their faith in Him that 
got Him to get into the boat.
They were terrified.
And yet, His kindness and mercy led Him 
to get in and speak tenderly to them.
Jesus, You are so merciful.
You are so kind.
Thank You for not only 
wanting to still my heart;
thank You that sometimes 
You come and still the storm. 


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