In a meeting yesterday, I was reminded of how broken the world can be. We face big issues that are often unpleasant, sad, and many times just messy. We face storms. But these storms of life shouldn’t surprise us. Jesus talked about this. Even more, Jesus experienced storms himself. Remember the story of the storm on the lake recorded in Mark 4?
It’s evening time on that memorable day when Jesus taught the seven parables in Matthew 13. And that fact that Mark notes the time of the day is interesting. You see, storms are in the open sea are bad enough but when darkness is thrown into the equation, this bring a whole new element of fear. So there is this storm that suddenly comes up in the middle of the night-the blackness of the night and Jesus is with his disciples. Another quick note is that these disciples were mostly fisherman. They were in the occupation of being at sea and comfortable in boats on open water. It’s what they did. But even being totally comfortable in that setting, we see they were full of fear. As this boat filled with fisherman and A Savior head out to open sea, this storms comes up and the people are scared.
So what do we do when the storms come up in our life and we are scared?
1. Recognize that we all will face storms in life. Jesus told us in John, that we all will face trouble in this life. It’s going to happen to us all so let’s not be surprised when it’s our turn. Now does that mean adversity is fun or enjoyable? No. But it will happen to all of us.
2. Recognize that in our boat of life, we are not alone. Others are in the boat with us. Life is not meant to be done in isolation but rather community.
3. Recognize that when the storms come up, Jesus gets up. Jesus did not just sit back in the boat and ignore the fear of His friends. Not at all. In fact, when those storms came up, Jesus got up! This is the extravagant love of Jesus. In the middle of your life storms, know that Jesus is there with you in the boat. And when those storms in your life come up, He gets up.
Storms come and go. But the love of Jesus is eternal and will outlast any one of our life storms. Storms come and go. But Jesus promises us that He has overcome all of them. Storms come and go. But God tells us of a day, a glorious day ,when all is made right and He will take His kids to a place where storms of any kind, no longer exist.