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In A Storm

stormonwaterDon’t you love the true story in the Bible about Peter walking on the water?  I mean, who else has walked on water before?  Well, one time a child walked on our pool cover so that was kind of walking on water I guess, but that doesn’t really count.  The cover kept him on the water and his feet didn’t get wet.  But Peter really walked on water – as long as he kept his focus on Jesus and not on the storm that was surrounding him at the time.  Oh, that storm.  That’s the part that I’m thinking about today.

So often we read that portion of Scripture, knowing what is about to happen, and miss the beginning.  Mark 6:45-46 says, “And immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the multitude away.  And after bidding them farewell, He departed to the mountain to pray” (NASB).

Jesus had just fed the 5,000 and now He sends His disciples into a boat while He stays on the land to pray.  And then something happens.  A storm.  A BIG storm.  Many of those men in that boat were fishermen.  They had been in storms before, but this time they were scared.  Really scared.

Which makes me think.  Jesus knows everything.  He knew there would be a storm, but He sent His disciples there anyway.  They were right where they were supposed to be.  In the storm.  But Jesus wasn’t far away.  He was right where He could see them and He came to them.  Okay, He came to them in a way that frightened them even more, but He was there with them.

Sometimes we are in storms just like those disciples.  We are right where we’re supposed to be, but we’re still in a storm.  So what do we do then?  We can remember that God is also with us, just like He was with the disciples.  We can think about what we know is true about God.  We know that God is always good.  He is faithful.  He loves us.  You can make your own list.  And then thank Him for those things that you know are true about Him.

I’m sure that as the waves pounded on that boat and the lightening crashed loudly around them the disciples were not thinking, “Wow, this is a really bad situation.  God is good at making good things come out of really bad situations.”  No.  They were terrified.  But God did come and make something good come out of that really bad situation.  He came and calmed the storm.  And we get to read about that amazing time when Peter walked on the water.

Jesus proved that He is good.  He is with us all the time.  He is faithful.  And He loves us.  Even in a storm.

I like the new song by David Crowder, “I Am,” where he sings about God holding onto us, “In the middle of the storm I am holding onto you.”  Here it is:

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Tulips!

A few years ago my kids and I planted tulip bulbs around a tree in our yard.  We planted them in the fall and then waited until spring to see if they would grow.  And they did!  We planted multi-colored tulips so it was fun to see what colors showed up when the tulips opened.

This year our tulips have just bloomed again.  And they’re beautiful!  But I just realized that only a few weeks ago there was nothing there beside that tree except for some old mulch partly covering the dirt after a winter of being repeatedly covered with snow and washed away by rain.  I think so often our lives are difficult or we have goals we are trying so hard to accomplish or we’re just very busy and maybe we feel like that ugly messed up mulch from last year.

But just below that mulch there’s a tulip bulb in the dirt that we can’t even see.  Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose,” (NIV).  For those of us who have trusted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can know that God will never leave us and He is able to use those hard times in our lives for good.  Remember Joseph with his coat of many colors?  He had a few rough years (Okay, I know that’s an understatement!), but He continued to trust that God had a plan.  And God did.  In fact, God knew all along what would happen to Joseph.  It’s a great true story.  You can find it in Genesis 37-50.  And God knows what will happen with you, too!  God knows everything and He cares about you.  We just need to keep looking to God, like my tulips are today, reaching up as tall as they can and opening themselves to their Creator.

So just a few days ago we had only green leaves growing up from that mulch, but today I see glorious red and yellow tulips opened up and reaching to the sky.  And soon there will be new mulch surrounding those tall flowers.  I know that mulch is coming, but my tulips don’t.  They’re just there, being tulips.

So soon it will all be very good.  And beautiful.