May 14, 2018

The Miracle in the Storm

“That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. … A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’ He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to His disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!’”  Mark 4:35-41(NIV)

Have you ever sailed through stretches of life with calm seas and thought you were doing just fine, only to be hit by an unexpected storm that rocks your world and threatens your very survival?  Suddenly, the boat you’re in isn’t stable anymore.  Suddenly, the deck is tilting, waves are crashing against your ship, and you’re flooded with uncontrollable fear.  Suddenly all security is gone.  You need a miracle like the one the disciples experienced on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus rebuked the wind and the waves and calmed the storm.  Is this the situation you find yourself in right now?  Maybe you lost a job.  Perhaps your marriage is crashing and burning. Or, maybe you’ve lost someone close to you. Or a health issue has surfaced. A secret habit or addiction has been discovered. Yes, these are the storms of life that jolt us out of our false security.  We tremble in the face of them and panic as we realize how weak and vulnerable we really are. The storms of life cause us to cry out, “Where are You, God? Don’t you care?” Such was the case for the disciples, and the miracle that happened then speaks to the storm of fear you face today.

The storm that came so suddenly on the disciples that night didn’t take Jesus by surprise.  In fact, Jesus had them sail into the storm intentionally.  He knew that they would encounter a storm.  He was counting on it.  Indeed, that was His plan all along.  Who would expect God to chart a course into a storm!  Many times, when we’re in the storms of life, we think that God is mad at us, that He’s trying to get back at us, or that we have gotten off course somewhere.  Maybe we even think He doesn’t care.  But, most of the time, the problem isn’t that we’re going the wrong direction.  It’s that God has directed us right into the middle of the storm, which is right where He wants us. Along our life journey, storms may seem unpredictable; but, in God’s plan, they are purposeful.  God doesn’t cause evil to happen to us, but evil exists. It’s part of our fallen world. We want God to protect us from bad things in life; yet, sometimes, He allows us to experience them. At times, He allows the pain, He allows the trouble, He allows the problem to rise up. He allows the storm and, sometimes, even leads us into it. But, God never wastes a storm. He never wastes a sorrow. There is a purpose behind every problem in your life and, many times, that very problem is an opportunity for God to work a miracle.  Many times, the storm is the very barrier that becomes the blessing that directs us to our calling.

As you look to find your miracle today, understand that the miracle God has for you might not mean escaping the storm you’re in, but going through it with Him. The miracle might be that, by going through the storm, your experience with Jesus will be deeper and richer than you ever thought possible.