Courage In The Storm – Good News for January 6

6 01 2010

Mark 6:45-52

After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray.

When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore. Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out.

They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”

He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely astounded. They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

The Daily Path: So often it feels as though I’m right there in the same boat with the Apostles. Raging storm all around. Despair building in my heart. I can see Jesus walking towards me but the terror continues. Fear overcomes what I know in my heart to be true. It’s in those moments that I forget His words:

“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”

What more do any of us really need to weather the storm? For in Him ALL things are possible.

Still Terrified? – Good News for June 30

30 06 2009

Matthew 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!  We are perishing!”

He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” 

Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.

The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

The Daily Path: Just nine days ago we read Mark’s account of this stormy test of faith ( See Squalls – Mark 4:35-41). Can it be the lesson requires repeating, especially during the challenging days ahead?

Once again it feels as if Christ is talking directly to me. “Kin, how many times do I have to tell you? I’m right here with you. Stop worrying. You’re going to be okay… O you of little faith.”

Room to Chat: Lord, calm the storm within me and everyone else who is terrified. Bring us your peace.