Last week was one that was rather stormy for our area. Many of us were in Brady at a camp retreat. The weather rolled in and it was sometimes scary. The wind blew, the trees swayed and, yes, there was some rain. On Tuesday morning at about 4:30 a.m. we all gathered in a central area as tornado warnings were given and we needed to find a shelter.
It was good to find a shelter and to think that it was a safe place in a storm. There is, however, a safer place, and that is in our Lord. While the thunder was clashing and the wind was blowing and the rain was descending, I was reminded of a passage of scripture in the Psalms. In Psalm 29:3,4 we read, “The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful,” The voice of the LORD is majestic.” Every time a storm comes up I am reminded that God is still on the throne and is still in charge of His universe. I am also comforted in knowing that God is always there for His children who are walking with Him.
When Jesus was walking among men, there was a time that a storm arose. The Apostles were with Jesus on the boat in the stormy water. While the Apostles were afraid that they would be perishing any moment, Jesus was asleep in the stern of the ship. The twelve went to Him and awoke Him from His sleep. Their question was, “Master, do you not care that we are perishing?” His response was to say to the wind, “Hush, be still.” Immediately the wind died down and the sea was calm. Mark 4:35-41
Jesus has control over all of nature. So when the storms roll into our lives – and they will – just remember who has the ability to calm the storm. He calms the storms that rage in our souls also. The important part of our lives is that we are living our lives for Him.
In this passage of scripture Jesus asked the Apostles, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” What a great question for each one of us to ask. We do not have to be afraid with Jesus at the helm.