By Maggie Lasher
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. ~ Mark 4:39
I read a powerful article entitled, “Is God’s Peace Always Possible (and Powerful Enough) to Calm Life’s Storms?” by Cara Meredith and I have to say that the title offended me just a little. I mean, come on! God is GOD so of course His Peace is always possible and powerful enough!
But then I stopped and realized how many times I let circumstances, minor and major, disturb the peace that God has for me. Jesus calmed the storm with one rebuke, “Peace, be still!” And yet when I’m in the midst of a crisis, I want to jump in and do … something! I’m ashamed to say I don’t usually stop and seek Jesus’ peace in the midst of my crisis.
However, one time, I was meeting with a fellow church member when I began to feel under attack. This person was truly angry and saying things that were quite hurtful. I had no idea how to respond, so as I listened I began to pray, “Lord, what do I say? You’re going to have to give me words because I’m so angry and hurt right now that anything I would say would only cause more hurt and anger.” And I continued to pray. Finally, when I was able to speak, words of peace and calm came out of my mouth, not my words – HIS. We prayed together and were able to part in peace.
The disciples in the Scripture above the disciples are panicked and wake Jesus, saying, don’t You care?! We can be assured that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit always care and are always ready to calm your storms, even if the circumstances are not going to change. As hard as it is to do in a crisis, stop and seek Jesus and His peace so He can calm your storms.
Lord, You are always with us, even until the very end of the age. But we are so often lost and hurting due to the circumstances of our lives – the sudden change, the diagnosis, the betrayal, the divorce, the job loss, the debts, and so on – that we forget to turn to You. And when we do, we often do so with the cry, don’t You care?! Please send comfort in a specific and tangible way so that when we are lost and hurting we can feel You with us in the storm. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.