Friday 13 July, 2012

Luke 8:22-25

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Normally when I look at this passage I see that Jesus calmed the storm and think “how fabulous Jesus will calm the storms of my life”.  Today however I noticed the phrase “Why can’t you trust me?” in verse 25.  That is a big thing – trusting that Jesus knows what to do whenever there is a storm.  Do I trust Him? Can I wait until it’s the right time for Him to calm the storm?

It seems like trusting Him should be straightforward – after all the winds and the sea obey Him.  However, I am not sure that I really do.  I am impatient.  When the world is whirling around me in chaos I just want Him to fix it now.

Not only is the Bible speaking on this but I have evidence in my life that He is trustworthy.  There have been storms in my life and Jesus has enabled amazing things to happen but I get grumpy in the waiting.  I want to get better at waiting.

Lord help me to remember how trustworthy you are.

Written by Therese Manning

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