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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:

IMG_4258In case anyone was wondering after my previous post (https://lorischulz.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/hope/), my tulips have bloomed!  It took longer than I expected, but they are wonderful!

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).

Hope

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I remember when I planted these tulips a few years ago.  I went out with my trowel and dug down deep into the ground.  Then I placed the bulbs in and covered them up with dirt.  That was in the fall.  Then I waited several months for spring to come.  Would the tulips grow?  They did!  And now a few springs later I watched again as the green leaves poked through the dirt and then grew taller.  And soon I will see the bright colored tulips again!

It was a lot of work way back in that fall.  And a lot of waiting.  But I know I will see those beautiful tulips very soon!

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad!  And also to my wonderful husband who is the wonderful dad to our kids!  And to all you dads out there!

I don’t really know what to say to dads.  I’m not a guy.  So I’ll just say that you all really make a difference in the lives of your kids.

I loved seeing my dad pray with my mom each morning before he left for work and then come home at the end of the day and hug her.  Then in the evenings he would sit in his chair and read his Bible.  And I remember going with him to Winchell’s for donuts.  My favorite is still their giant glazed twist donut!  And he even took me out for my first date when I turned 16.  Now my husband and I have been married for 24 years so I’ve watched my husband make memories with our three kids.  Memories all the way from goofy bedtime routines and fun family vacations to leading family devotions.  And I’m so glad that he was the one to run behind little bicycles and get in the car with teens who had never driven before!  We’ve made a good team together.

Maybe you haven’t had the best father.  Please know that our God is the only perfect Father and He knows you and cares about you.  Or maybe you haven’t felt like the best father.  Or the best child.  Remember David?  We learn in First Samuel that after God rejected Saul as King of Israel and sent Samuel in search of one of Jesse’s sons to take Saul’s place, David’s dad didn’t even call him to the dinner.  But David, rejected by his own dad, ended up being the next King of Israel and a man after God’s own heart.  There is hope today.  God loves you, just like He loved David.  I think one of the neatest things about this true story is just the fact that it’s there.  God could have simply told Samuel to go anoint David, but He didn’t.  He allowed us this glimpse into David’s life.  To find this boy alone with a bunch of sheep while his dad and brothers were eating dinner with the prophet Samuel.  God knows right where you are today.  And He has a plan for your future.

I think a good song for Father’s Day is the song, “Lead Me,” by Sanctus Real.  So here’s to all the dads out there.  Keep leading your family.  We appreciate you!