For Such A Time As This

Maximizing everyday moments to glorify God

“The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” Matthew 8:25-26 NLT

on September 16, 2013

I live in Colorado and during the past week, my town, county and state have suffered from an unprecedented rain and flooding event. Where I live, in one weekend we received more than the equivalent of our annual rainfall. If it had been snowing, we would have seen nearly 10-12 feet in the span of four days!

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Our towns are struggling. Lives have been lost. Homes are shattered. Infrastructure is destroyed.

There will be storms. We need to understand who God is and realize He can calm both the physical storms as well as the storms of life. He isn’t allowing them without reason and while we may not understand, we need to trust that good can and will come from them.

We have to seek Him and ask His will in the situation. What is it that you would have me learn/do/believe in this trial? Where am I focused? On the circumstance or the Creator?

If I’m locked in on the circumstance, it will become too much to bear. If I turn my gaze to the Creator, I can see flashes of light begin to pierce the darkness that covers the circumstances. The enemy longs to see us panic in the storm. He laughs and claps when we turn from God in a panic, thinking the Lord has left us. Nothing could be farther from the truth. God tells us in Deuteronomy 31:8 that He, the Lord himself, goes before us and will never leave nor forsake us. Therefore, we should not be afraid or discouraged, even in the storm.

The disciples panicked in the storm because Jesus was sleeping. They thought He had abandoned them. Fear of the circumstances took over. But, He hadn’t left. He was right there with them. And in a mere moment, He calmed the storm. They just needed to rely on Him.

If we have built our lives on Him, we will prevail. Possessions are things and conveniences that we may or may not continue to have or receive. They are a blessing, but they are not the best thing.

The best thing is that we are saved through Jesus. Our days here may include strife and challenge, pain and heartache, loss and misunderstanding. But we can take heart in knowing that in our lives, like Job’s, God can and will restore to an even better circumstance and that there is a place in Heaven reserved for us.

And no storm can take that away. Ever.

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One response to ““The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” Matthew 8:25-26 NLT

  1. Krista says:

    Well said Patti! I’m grateful for encouragement from friends like you!

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