Storms. We all face storms in life. Some are personal, and some might affect the whole world. No matter their complexity or scope, storms are a sure part of this life.
Jesus and his disciples encountered a physical storm on the Sea of Galilee and three of the gospel writers recorded the experience. The story took place after a time of teaching when Jesus and his closest followers got into a boat to cross the sea. It was a fairly long journey, so Jesus decided to lay down to get some rest. At some point in the journey a powerful storm arose on the sea, tossing the boat back and forth, causing the disciples to fear for their lives. Jesus slept.
Overcome by the fear of drowning, they awoke Jesus and questioned his concern for them. Calmly, Jesus stepped to the bow of the boat, and in the raging wind he spoke three words, “Peace, be still.” The wind ceased and the waves calmed. Peace was restored. Amazed, the disciples looked at each other and marveled at the authority that their rabbi possessed, that even the wind and the waves would obey his command.
But how could Jesus sleep through that raging storm? Author Elizabeth Elliot shared her take on the scene by saying, “Jesus slept on a pillow in the midst of a raging storm. How could he? Because he slept in the calm assurance that His Father was in control.” In your storms, are you fully aware that your heavenly Father is in control? It may seem that our Lord is asleep, but he is not. He knows your storm and in the perfect time he will calm the winds and peace will come. In the meantime, keep trusting. Keep believing. It may seem dark now, but there is hope if we keep our eyes on the One who has the authority to still the storm.
Rest in that promise today, knowing that even when it seems like God is sleeping, He may be using your storm to grow your faith in Him. There is purpose. And in that storm, He is still by your side.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.