The weather here in Missouri has been…interesting. We’ve had maybe two days with consistent sunshine in the last two weeks. Otherwise, rain. In short spurts. In day-long misty showers. Today a severe weather outlook. Not tornadic. Heavy rain, winds, lightning. Typical Spring weather in Missouri. And, if the rain continues here, and north of here, the Missouri River will once again face a season of flooding.
And yes, I’ve had a weather radar up since 2 am, have news on the television, a NOAA weather radio, and weather apps on my phone. Weather fascinates me. The first story from the Bible that impacted my adult life was the story of Jesus and his disciples in the middle of the storm. I was as interested in the storm itself, the reaction of the men who were veterans of the sea. It was a serious storm event. And Jesus…Jesus slept.
Jesus Calms a Storm
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” – Mark 4:35-41 English Standard Version
Jesus rebuked the wind! And spoke to the sea!
And the disciples, who were concerned about the storm, about their lives as the boat was buffeted by the winds, were filled with great fear at the actions of Jesus. Who was this man? In that moment, and in mine as I read it, was the realization that this man who they saw do miracles, taught amazing truths, was something more than they had understood. Here truly was a man of great power.
There are storms in all of our lives. Whether they are weather related, people related, or storms that totally confuse us as to how and why they are happening. Find peace in the fact that Jesus still speaks to the storm!
Yes, when the weather was threatening, I was known to go outside and look at the clouds, pray, and with a smile and a calmness that came from God, I would say “Lord, I’m following your example, so I’m saying, in your Name, ‘Storm, peace – be still’.” The peace happened in my heart. And none of those storms ever became threateningly severe.
Take what you want from that, but remember, the man of great power is now at the right hand of God, interceding on the behalf of those who have by faith accepted Him as Lord and Savior. Whatever your storm might be today, peace can still be found.