Then he got up, ordered the wind to stop, and said to the sea, “Be still, absolutely still!” The wind stopped blowing and the sea became very calm. Mark 4:39 (GW)
Through the centuries, boat makers have yet to create a boat that is completely immune to the effects of a storm on the ocean. Granted, some vessels are more susceptible to capsizing than others that have been built with the ability to be greatly tossed about and remain intact. But as we have seen in many films, even the largest, most sturdy and expensive vessel can be ripped apart, sunken or otherwise destroyed by a storm. The disciples in one of their many excursions on the lake Gennessaret (Mark 4:35-41), would come to understand the principle that the size of the vessel and the number of voyages made, does not guarantee the survival of the current/next storm.
The key to surviving the events that rocks our very core is to a) have the Captain of Peace on board and b) have the presence of mind to call on Him who has command of every wind of circumstance that threatens to capsize our usually unflappable composure. The fact that the disciples called him is admirable, even if it was a call to lament their dilemma. Calling His attention to the situation brought about immediate change. He was there the entire time, while they frantically expended all their efforts to prevent the rising water from overwhelming their vessel. Exasperated and accepting certain doom, they remembered that the Messiah was with them. Sounds familiar?
Yahshua was not panicked when he awoke to find the boat tossed and filling up with water. He did not frantically scream at the winds, but I believe he spoke with the same measure of authority as when he spoke healing to sick and life into the dead. And as in every other case, the wind obeyed.
“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (v.40)
When your boat is rocked, when you feel as if you are sinking under the inundating circumstances of your personal storm, dig deep and call out to the one who can speak to the elements: spiritual, physical or emotional that threaten to overthrow you and prematurely end your journey to the other side of the storm. He is still with you!
Prayer/Journal: Father, your presence in my life makes the world of difference when I come upon stormy circumstances. Help me, in the middle of my own efforts to remember that you are present with me and have authority to quiet the winds, to grant me the stability and peace it will require to keep going. I know that you are with me, and that you have given me the authority to speak peace.
Today I call on my Savior, to speak peace from within this vessel and into my circumstance
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