I prefer smooth sailing—the breeze gently moving the sails of my life, calm turquoise seas, and comfortably warm temperatures.
This is my preference.
But turbulent water is where God’s power is demonstrated.Turbulent water is where God’s power is demonstrated. Click To Tweet
In Mark chapter 4, Jesus and His disciples are on a boat.
“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?’”
The boat was nearly swamped! Ready to sink. And where do the disciples find Jesus? Resting in the back of the boat.
When the raging seas surround my life, I feel like the disciples.
“Jesus, how can you sleep at a time like this? Can’t you see I’m about to die? How can you be so calm? So…silent?”
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”
Many times, Jesus waits. He waits until the situation looks hopeless, allowing cold waters to flood my boat, and rise above my ankles. His timing makes no sense. “Why wait when you could have stopped the boat from being swamped in the first place?”
“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!”
“Dawna, do you still have no faith? After all the things I’ve shown you. After feeling My peace…My presence. After showing you miracles. After all the provision I’ve provided…do you still have no faith?”
The storms of life force questions:
When the waves come crashing in, where will I set my sights?
Am I waiting on Jesus or is He waiting on me?Am I waiting on Jesus or is He waiting on me? Click To Tweet
Do I believe that He can still calm the storm? With three simple words? “Quiet! Be still!”
We must walk by faith. It’s a requirement for those who love God.
“Faith that goes forward triumphs.” Streams in the Desert DevotionalFaith that goes forward triumphs. Click To Tweet
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)