Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Forced into the Storm

Photo credit: Milo McDowell
 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Matthew 14:22-27 (NIV)
Storms have buffeted my children and me for so long that I can't remember the last time we weren't in one. My pastor is fond of saying that everyone is either going into a storm, coming out of one, or in one right now. This week he pointed out something I've never noticed before. In Matthew 14:22, Jesus makes the disciples get into the boat, knowing they will run into a storm before they reach the other side of the lake. Why would he do that?
The answer is more simple than I ever imagined. He knew he would meet them there.
As I soaked in the truths in this passage, I realized that during these unrelenting storms, I am experiencing God in ways I never have before. He didn't cause all of the storms I experience, but he always, always meets me in the storm, revealing himself to me in ways I never expected.
I don't enjoy these storms. They're difficult and painful, and I get weary. But God meets me in the storms. He meets my children. I see all three of us growing in our knowledge of who God is and becoming more secure in his love and care with each passing day.
I'm looking forward to the day when we're coming out of these storms and have a breather for a period of time, but I'm learning to trust him until that time and to seek him with everything in me, knowing all the while that's he's right there in the storm with us.
Pray: Father, I don't like these storms. I'm tired and frustrated, and I just want out. I have to admit, though, that I am learning things about you that I never knew before. Your love is bigger than I imagined, your provision more creative. I love what I see you doing in the lives of my children - how they are growing to love you and trust you more than ever before. Thank you for being with us in the storm and for never leaving us to figure everything out on our own. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. What a blessed and encouraging message?! Thank you. So appropriate for my special needs parenting journey right now. I really needed this. ����