Life is very much like Hurricane Irma, at times. Sometimes, we face Hurricane Irma, Jose and Katia, pounding down mercilessly. I was listening to the hurricane hunters. It constantly amazes me the jobs out there and how people find them. The newscaster asked the hurricane hunters to tell us about the eye of the storm. They described the eye of the storm as actually calm for a diameter of about 20 miles. That’s hard to imagine when winds of 180 mph are surrounding and trees are breaking like toothpicks.
Having grown up in Mississippi and Alabama, I’ve experience a few hurricanes – the sound of the trees as the winds whip through the branches; the snap and fall of the branches; debris as it batters around; the rattle of the windows against the forces of the rain.
Like many of you, we have been without power – a mere inconvenience compared to the devastation the storm left for some.
I couldn’t help but think of the disciples – the wind and the rain beating down all around them in the open boat – Jesus asleep on board.
Mark 4:37-38, “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.38 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?”
Storms, whether in our lives or physically appearing on the meteorologist’s radar, question our faith. The storms which cause us to question God’s goodness, to wonder if He really cares, to exam our beliefs. I don’t think the story of “the storm and the boat and Jesus being asleep” is about the storm at all. The disciples were scared out of their minds – they didn’t know if they were going to live or die. But that isn’t the point either.
The point of “the storm, the boat, and Jesus being asleep,” is really all about Jesus being in the boat – with them. My favorite part of the story is the part where Jesus calms the storm. But, what if He didn’t? I think I would love it just as much if He rode the storm out with them to the other side.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
When the scripture tells us to “Cast all your anxiety on Him,” it isn’t about avoiding the issues or circumstance which has us in a situation. It is about submitting to the One Who is in the boat with us. The mighty Hand which heals, restores, provides, comforts, prepares, enables, and guides. It is believing whatever comes our way, God is with us.
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:39
There will be times when God will calm the storms of our lives by the wave of His hand and other times, He will ride the storm out with us to the other side.
Whatever you are facing today, know that He is there. Not a tear falls from your face that He is not aware.