Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Surviving the Storm

Good morning. So glad you could stop by on this damp, autumn day (with more rain expected).

So, tell me. How are you today? Do you feel sort of caught in the storm and swept up in the current - like floating along in a boat on turbulent waters with no oar? Then please, take a moment, just a minute or two just for you. The voice of calm is waiting to comfort you.

You can hear Him between the cloud bursts, amid the downpour, even in the flood of emotion and chaos. It’s His voice you hear whispering through the brokenness and uncertainty speaking words of truth and hope to your soul. Even when the waves come crashing down at every turn. The lightening strikes. The Heavens rumble, the rain pours in, and you may even begin to lose your grip. But just when you can’t hold on anymore, you see His hand outstretched through the clouds. Yes, it’s there – it’s always there. Grasp it. Take hold of it and He alone will guide you to peaceful waters.

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side. "Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" (Mark 4:35-41) NIV

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