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Published by Diane Eble
author of ABUNDANT
A Daybook of
( New Hope, 2004)
It was Jesus'
suggestion to get into the boat and cross the lake one
evening. He settled down, head on a cushion, ready to turn
in for the night.
a fierce storm blew up around the boat.
crashed around the boat, and the disciples were terrified.
Someone thought to go find Jesus.
Unbelievable--there he was, asleep in this
treacherous storm that was about to sink the boat. How could
he sleep through a storm like
that way? Like Jesus is asleep while the storm is about to sink
disciples (and we) often interpret Jesus' sleeping as his not
caring (Mark 4:38). But that's not the reason Jesus sleeps
through our storms.
sleep because he
is not worried!
He is not
worried about the storm. He has perfect authority over even the
wind and waves. He was always in the center of the Father's
heart, and he knew that the Father was not going to let him
drown in any storm! No, he had a different kind of death
slept through the storm, at peace. He is at peace in your
storms, too, because he is perfectly in control of
them. You may be worried about your situation,
but Jesus is not. Jesus does not worry!
may feel to you like he doesn't care. But he
does care. He wants you to trust in his power in the midst of
the storm, so that you can know the same peace he
peace that trusts that God can calm any storm any time he
wants, and if he allows it, there's a
not going to let you drown. ("When you go through deep waters, I will
be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will
not drown" Isaiah 43:2 promises.)
trust this promise, you can have peace. The same peace that
carried Jesus through the unbelievable suffering of the cross.
Before he faced that cross, he told his disciples he was giving
them his peace (John 16:33). He knew the Father had his reason
for allowing him to go through the cross, he knew what it was,
and he accepted it. He had peace!
asleep in your storm because he's at peace. Want to pull up a
pillow and join him as he naps?
seems impossible, even ridiculous, I would ask you to ponder,
as Jesus did, what is the nature of faith. "Where is your
faith?" he asked. If we can't trust Jesus in the storm, do we
really trust him at all?
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