This spring has produced an unusual amount of storm activity in the Midwest and southern states. Where I live has seen several night-time storms in recent weeks. Typically I sleep quite soundly during a rainstorm but I fret about things when I wake up. Did last nights wind do any damage to my roof? Did that big pine tree with a slight lean toward the house move a little more? What about the dead elm positioned so close to the shed? Did any sump pumps fail during the storm? Will one fail during the next rain? All these concerns come after the storm has ended.
Worry can be a natural reaction for most people when they are in severe weather. The disciples of Jesus certainly experienced a great amount of concern while riding in a boat one day. Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV) 23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
What the followers of Jesus did not know that day is just how big God is. Included in that was how powerful Christ is. They had enough faith to call on Jesus for rescue but did not understand they could rest in his presence. When the sea had been calmed new thoughts entered their minds, “what sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” After the storm their fears were replaced with a sense of awe. There is no indication that any of the men checked the boat for damage or checked the sky for more bad weather.
Of course there is a comparison to storms in life. Jesus can bring comfort in stormy times or He can stop the storm. Do you rest in the fact that you are in the presence of Jesus during times of bad weather or life troubles? What about after the storm, do you worry about what damage may have occurred? Are you concerned about when the next storm is coming? Maybe my next level of faith is to learn to be at peace after the storm has ended and the sea is calm.
Rev. Burt Schwab