Minister’s Minute: Rest in the storm

There are at least two people with whom we wrestle yet against whom we never seem to win. One is Mother Nature and the other is God.

Fighting against either is a fruitless activity. One, because she is fictional and the other, well – because He is GOD! Nonetheless, we yell at the wind and we curse COVID-19 and we shake our fists at God in some desperate attempt to regain a sense of control in our life.

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I was reminded recently of a boating trip taken by Jesus and his friends and the contrasting postures among them when Mother Nature whipped up one of her fierce storms (Luke 8). The veteran fishermen were scared to death while the carpenter lay in the prow propped up against a pillow in blissful slumber.

The friends of Jesus were caught between two crazy scenarios: a raging storm and a sleeping master.

These past couple of weeks have seemed to me like a voyage through a storm. It wreaks havoc and threatens so much of our life and even has power to end it. Yet Jesus continues to woo us into peace and to trust.

He was content to move through the storm but to show his friends they need not be concerned he spoke to the wind and the waves, “Be still,” and it became calm. The safety of this boating crew was never dependent on the power of the waves but upon the presence of Jesus.

So, too, we travel with Jesus through the storms of a pandemic and find rest knowing that as long as he is in the boat we are OK. Be safe, friends, and be at peace.

Danny Stebeck/Lighthouse Church

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