Matthew 8:24-27 And behold there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but He was asleep. And His Disciples came to Him and awoke Him saying “Lord, save us, we perish.” And He saith unto them “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm. But the men marveled saying “What manner of Man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Matthew 8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that He went into a ship with His Disciples: and He said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.24 And they came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Master, Master, we perish. Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.25 And He said unto them, “Where is your faith?” And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another,” What manner of Man is this! for He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey Him?”
Well, we have gone from snow and ice to spring storms!
Anyone who knows me, understands that I have great issues with severe thunderstorms, especially tornadoes!
I was not always freaked out by this monstrous weather. It seems as though when a person is leery of something, there is typically a turning point, mine was in November 1989.
Let me set the scene for you: Jonathan was on third shift so he had to leave for work. I was pregnant and alone for the night. The weather started taking a turn for the worse.
We lived close to the airport and we had friends who lived by what was known as the “old airport” in the same city. I was watching news updates, but not obsessively.. UNTIL our friend’s wife called and said that there was a tornado spotted at the airport!
Survival and nesting mode kicked in high gear. I grabbed a mattress off the bed and hunkered down into the tub. We were on the second floor, so there was nothing I could do about that, I just wished I had gone to my mom’s house earlier that day. In addition to being there with my her, I would have been at a house with a basement, but I wasn’t nervous at that point!
As it turned out, the most severe weather threat was at the airport closer to our friend’s house. I wasn’t in peril as I thought; however, there were, several lives lost, many hurt and substantial damage in our area.
Let’s take a look at Jesus! I imagine the Disciples reacted like I would, as I have since that stormy day 25 years ago! Maybe they weren’t crying, but in reading, it seems as though there may have been an element of hysteria as they plead with Jesus.
I don’t like being inside a “structure” when it is stormy, so you can only imagine my attitude toward driving through it!
A few years ago, I was on a trip with Jonathan where we did not have the luxury to stop because he had to get home for work the next day. The weather just kept getting worse and worse. Rain was pouring from threatening skies. We could hardly see the cars on either side or ahead of us, but my husband, being determined, kept going.
They skies lightened a little bit, and attempting to calm me, Jonathan pointed out the double rainbow ahead of us. Although it was beautiful, I was still focused on the treacherous conditions.
I was praying with great desperation and I knew that bothering Jonathan was only going to be a distraction he did not need! Suddenly, a great peace fell over me, a peace I can only attribute to the Lord!
Our Merciful Father encouraged me to look at the lanes coming from the opposite direction. There was a line of automobiles driving toward us on the other side of the Interstate with lights running and windshield wipers sloshing! What was God trying to teach me from that?
Gently He revealed His message. Those cars went through the storm I was about to endure, but they made it through! A great big “FEAR NOT” moment! Then I remembered the rainbows, more faint then, but still visible. What an AWESOME GOD WE SERVE! His messages are so personal. How He proves Himself, over and over! Blessed be the Name of the LORD!
Proverbs 8:10The Name of the LORD is a Strong Tower: the righteous runneth into It, and is safe.
You are so mighty!
Thank You for Your
Storms form, intensify and cease at Your command
Amazingly, You stir and calm water and the winds
Again and again, Your Word shows us how You display authority over Your creation!
Let us be wise and careful in severe conditions and
Please protect us, according to Your will
In the Name of Jesus
“Blessed Be the Name of The Lord, Strong Tower”
“Mighty to Save”
“Praise You In The Storm”
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“Til The Storm Passes By”