As I was reading in Luke tonight, I was reminded of several things. I'll share the passage I was drawn to:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” (Luke 8:22-25 NLT)
My first realization was, that my "ship"may be tossing in the "storm"...but my Captain is always accessible. I only need to ask aka PRAY! It seems when I encounter a storm, one such as the one I'm in, I forget to keep close to Him.
While it seems like a natural thing for a Christian, and it should be, I'm still human. I'm pulled in many different directions and at times, I feel as if I've gone overboard without my life jacket. I struggle with purpose, direction, and staying in His presence. Yet tonight, He nudged me, and told me.."I'm here."
As I pondered and prayed some more. I wonder how many times He's said to me "Where's your faith?" I know I've acted and maybe even felt as if things are hopeless, at times. Yet, He IS my Hope. And, in Him, I find all that I need; peace, love, contentment, joy (even through the tears), and most of all, safety and comfort.
I pray that whatever storm you have encountered or will encounter that you, through this, are reminded of His love. How will you handle your storm? Will you have Faith? Will you trust your Captain?