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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:

Through a Storm

Storm then wind then dust then rain.

Do you like road trips?  I do.  Except when there’s bad weather while you are on that road trip.

The other day we were driving on a road trip (“We” meaning my husband.  I was reading next to him.) and as we drove we noticed that we were heading toward very dark skies.  We could tell that there was a storm up ahead, but we had to keep going even though the skies were becoming darker and darker.   Soon we were in the storm.  It was just rain and some lightening, but some of that rain was very hard rain.  You know the kind of rain that makes it difficult to see while you’re driving?  Yep, that kind of rain.  The storm lasted for a very long time and I was thankful that my husband is a good driver.  Finally, the rain slowed down and we saw brighter skies.  Suddenly the temperature outside was quite a bit warmer, the sun was out and the rain was gone.  Everything was dry and sunny again.  And guess what?  All of the bugs that were covering our windshield before the storm had been washed away by the rain.  We were driving on dry streets in the warm sun and a with a clear windshield.

Driving through that rain storm reminded me of going through other kinds of storms in life.  Not literal storms, but the times in life when things don’t go the way that we planned and we feel like we are in a storm – covered over with dark skies, not really being able to see what’s ahead very well and having no idea when it will end and when life will be better.  But if you know Jesus as your Savior, then you can know that God is always with you, even through that storm.  He knows what is ahead and when the storm will end.  You can trust God in the storm that He is always good and that He will never leave you.  And you know what?  God can even bring good things out of a storm.  Like a clear windshield.

Psalm 34:17-18 is a good reminder for us when we are going through storms, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” (NIV).

There are a lot of good songs about going through storms in life, but I like “Not for a Moment” by Meredith Andrews so here it is: