What type of storm are you currently going through? Do you feel as if the storm will overtake you at any moment and win in this emotional whirlwind of a battle? This brings to my mind my dear, sweet father with his gentle voice and dancing eyes.
When growing up, he would often give me wise insights on life. “There will be good days and there will be bad days living on this earth,” he would say. His mother, my grandmother, who experienced many storms in her life, gave this same advice to him. Being a widow with 10 children to raise in the 1930s and 1940s living in Mississippi, she definitely had her share of storms. My grandmother (one of my secret heroes) is still sharp as a tack at 90+ years of age, and her faith in God is stronger than ever before.
We all suffer from storms in this life, regardless of who we are and what we do. The storms come in all sizes, packages and in multiple variety packs like our favorite crunchy snacks at the store. A storm is destined to stir up at anytime, from anywhere to challenge us in our behavior, in our character, in Whom we put our trust and faith.
What is my recent storm? I thought some of you might ask. I am sure many of you can relate to this one. It was this hideous stomach intestinal flu bug that has plagued our town. It has been passed around for all to participate in this sick party, and it is waiting to pounce its debilitating power on all it lays prey to.
In one moment, this busy woman, happily about her day’s work, found herself in the next moment, bent over and flat on the floor, because of the intensity of the pain. I was temporarily immobile and crying out in pain to a holy God. The only joy in any of this is the fact that this happens to be one of my favorite positions of prayer, laying prostrate on the floor before a holy God crying out and praising Him. And since I was already on the floor anyway, well, that was just the only natural next step to follow. What else was I going to do? I also noticed that I need to vacuum my floor more often, but that wasn’t gonna happen… which we won’t talk about right now.
The reason why I cry out and pray is because I know the One who has authority over this storm in my life.
Not only is Jesus the God that rules all over mankind, He is also the God that rules over all nature.
Peace in the Storm
It was a busy day of ministry and as evening came, Jesus and His disciples went in a boat, traveled across the water, to rest on the other side where there was land. How refreshing they must have thought after a long time ministering to others. Now it was finally time to recoup and replenish their energy. While they were all in the boat, a storm was brewing. Scripture tells us that it was not just any storm that some of these fishermen were accustomed to, but the wind was fierce, the waves had increased so high that they began to break over the boat, quickly filling it up with water.
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a pillow, in the middle of this storm with raging winds and sea. His disciples, woke Him up in fear and terror, Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” Then the wind, with immediate submission, died down and became perfectly calm. Jesus made His authority known that day that He is the God over rough seas, terrifying situations, paralyzing fear, turbulent times, rocky waters, rising and crashing waves. Not just for His disciples way back 2,000 years ago on a boat. But He is actively in great majesty ruling and reigning in this very same fashion in the storms in our daily lives right now at this very moment.
Wind in the storm
So I want to ask you, what is your response when the wind kicks up in the middle of your storm? My heart’s passion and ongoing life discipline is to fellowship with Christ in my own suffering because He suffered for me on the cross. As tempting as it is to cuss and fuss, complain and talk about every detail to every person, or feel sorry for myself, going over a list of my lamentations; instead I want to put my faith in the One who has all power to calm my storm.
So I want to invite you, when you are faced with a storm:
1) Go to Jesus and tell Him about your storm.
2) Humble yourself and cry out to Jesus.
3) Wait and watch Jesus calm your storm.
4) Then give Him the praise, acknowledging in awe that Jesus is certainly the authority of all nature including the current storm you are enduring.
Scripture Text: Mark 4:33-41
About the author
Simone Lake is a full-time minister and serves in the areas of Bible teacher, speaker and author. She is also a missionary, mentor and chaplain. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her husband, Pastor John Lake. Read more about her speaking engagements, Bible studies and upcoming events at: www.simone lake.com or www.simonelake.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com.
Tuesday’s Bible Study — Summer semester starts June 22 at Church on Randall Place, Pine. All are welcome. Call (928) 595-0837 for details.
Engaging Encounters: Jesus’ One on One Encounters with various people in the Bible — every last Wednesday of the month, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on KMOG 1420AM or listen online streaming at www.rimcountryradio.com click on KMOG Forum.
Speaking at Pine Strawberry Health Fair Saturday, June 26.
Speaking at The Awakening Earth Expo, Aug. 7 and 8.