"The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!' He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm."
We are always experiencing some challenging times in our lives. No one is exempt. I am an educator and there is not one day I am not faced with reading or hearing teacher
lay-offs are inevitable again. I remember when I first decided to gain a degree in an area I knew would be productive until my retirement. I researched many white collar jobs and resigned to teaching knowing that my job would secure forever. After all, the birth rate climbs each year, and education is a mandate for each new citizen. How could I go wrong?
But who would have thought? Ever since 2008, schools are steadily closing and the need for teachers has been reduced. Even those fresh out of college, that can secure an entry level position on the pay scale are still having issues finding work. I never thought I'd say this, but I ask these newbies, "What made you pick teaching in this economy?"
It seems that days like these "the winds whirl up" and we are at the storm's mercy. We sense and feel we are going to be blown out of the boat into the water just like the disciples without a life vest.
I can imagine how Jesus must have felt that day. He must have been exhausted since he had just healed a multitude of people and exorcized a great many demons. He was sleeping through a raging storm when the disciples woke him. To demonstrate his authority he lifted his hand and calmed the storm commanding the winds and waves to be still.
Days like this we feel closed off in our own boat in the middle of the ocean. The winds are blowing and the waves crashing ferociously around us. During these moments, God wants us to know he can calm the storm. He also wants us to know that when he chooses not to calm the storm, he can calm us.
I don't know what storm you are facing today. You may feel overwhelmed by the storm in your finances. Maybe you have a storm in your marriage or family. Or, maybe the storm involves your health. Watever it is, God cares. You can always pray, taking your problems to him. Call out now and believe he will calm your storm or work in your heart to calm you and give you faith and peace. Let him remind you how much you are loved.
Lord Jesus, you are the one who calms my storms.
You are concerned with my life. You know everything
that is going on today. I need your help now.
I ask that you change my circumstance or give me peace.
I thank you for all your love. Amen.