Mark 4:35-41 is probably one of the most well known passages in the Bible. Long story short, it's the one where Jesus turns to the wind and waves and tells them to calm the heck down.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone has a storm to face. For some of you it’s vocational – you can’t find a graduate job, debt is piling up, you can't find a house. For others it might be health – chronic pain, an accident, cancer. For others it's change, heartbreak, grief, depression. And for others it might literally be a storm.
When faced with big challenges in life, it can often feel like we’re on a tiny boat in the middle of a raging storm. There’s no way out. No shoreline in sight. No one to rescue us. But none of this is true. I’ve realized that sometimes God lets storms come our way so that we can learn to run to Him. So often we try to handle the storms in our lives all on our own. Out of desperation we try to get the water out of our sinking boat and forget about the One in our boat.
I've learnt that who you turn to in the middle of a storm will determine whether or not you come out victorious. As a child, I hated storms. Whenever one came along, my default response was always to run to my parents. Why? Because I knew I was safe in their arms. When you are experiencing a storm in your life, who do you run to? Where is your trust? Why not simply go to Him and ask for His help? In the story. the disciples pleaded with Jesus for help - and He did. What is stopping you from doing the same going to God?
God’s presence, faithfulness and goodness during tough times may not always be apparent but I’ve learnt that it is in these times that God proves to be truly present, faithful and good.
The truth is, storms will come and the wind will blow. He never said that the journey would be smooth sailing all the way... but He has promised us that He is with us and that He is in control. Trust God when He says that He will ALWAYS get you from point A to B. You don't have to ride the storm out alone. You don’t have to let the waves toss you around. You don’t have to live with doubt, fear or frustration. You don’t have to rely on yourself, others or anything else. Jesus is in your boat – let that sink in! With Him you have peace, confidence and the promise of a better tomorrow.
Trust that He will carry you through every season. Believe that He will meet you in your storm, your fear, your pain, your discouragement, your hurt. Don’t let fear sink the plans that God has for you. Cast your anchor onto Him. Hold on to the One who is holding you down.
My favourite lullaby sums up everything pretty nicely:
"With Christ in our vessel, we can smile at the storm, smile at the storm, smile at the storm..."
With Him in our boat, we can praise despite our problems, we can laugh without fear of the future, we can smile at the storm...