The Wind Ran Out of Breath
Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”
Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”
Mark 4: 35-40
A life-threatening family crisis was set in motion.
Crying out to the Lord, reading His Word, and seeking an answer,
my friend turned to Mark’s account of the wind and waves obeying
Pondering His Word, the question came,
“Lord, what else could the disciples have done?”
The still, small voice came forth,
“They could have lain down to sleep with Me.”
The hard places of work and family, the broken relationships and crisis seasons are what define and expose our absolute inability to do anything on our own.
Jesus truly made the way for us.
He has unlimited love to cushion, fill and replace our hard places inside. Wisdom, insight and understanding beyond our comprehension are available. Strength and grace will rise up and sustain us hour after hour. Sometimes, just the ability to put one foot in front of the other is the miraculous evidence of God’s keeping hand upon us.
Why is it so difficult to lie down in our testing times?
What, within us, bids ourselves to stand burdened, instead of resting in and with the Lord?
Jesus modeled resting close to our Father God in the good times as well as the tough times.
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple. May Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts.
Psalm 27:4, Psalm 119:173
Dear Jesus, even You said,
“I can of Myself do nothing.”
You are my Lord, Savior, Supply and Source.
I ask You to guide me into a greater rest and dependence upon You.
Teach me, Lord, to live as You lived, dependent upon Father God.
Direct and enable me–in thought, word and deed, to reflect Your
character and purpose moment by moment in my life. Amen.
(shared from Diana Oliphant, The Worship Center, Leola PA)
Remember the children’s story of the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf? The one who built his house on the rock the wolf could huff and puff but he could not blow that wise little pig’s house down and the other pigs who sought shelter in his house were saved.