Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6
On June 23, 2020, the shores of our island Jamaica was visited by the Saharian Air Layer, dust, which travelled 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. Our beautiful blue skies were transformed to an unpleasant shade of brown. As I stood on my patio looking out, my mind went back to the story found in Mark 4:35-41 where Jesus calmed the storm of wind.
It all started when Jesus suggested that they go over to the other side. As the disciples rowed, Jesus, possibly tired from ministering, slept in the stern of the boat. Please keep in mind that it was Jesus’ idea for them to go over to the other side. The disciples were simply following the instructions of the Lord. There is no indication that they would have made the trip, had Jesus not instructed them to do so.
As they travelled, they came upon a contrary wind. The King James Version said “there arose a great storm”. The AMPC puts it in real terms: “And a furious storm of wind [[a]of hurricane proportions] arose”. Now, living in the tropics, I have seen hurricanes and felt the effects of hurricane winds. I am certain being out on the open sea at that particular time must have been frightening. Nevertheless, there they were.
Sudden and severe storms on the Sea of Galilee were not uncommon. Therefore, these experienced fishermen would have been familiar with such storms. They knew there was always the risk of being caught in one of them.
As they fought the elements fear gripped their hearts. They feared that they “were about to die”( Verse 38 AMP)
In distress, they cried out to Jesus.
Psalm 107:28 tells us “they cry to the Lord in their trouble and He brought them out of their distress”. When God’s children cry out to Him, He arises and takes charge. The scripture tells us Jesus sternly rebuked the wind and told the sea to be still, be muzzled. Immediately, according to the Amplified Version of the bible, the storm calm down as if it was weary. Then there was perfect peacefulness.
What a Savior! If He can calm the sea, He can calm the fiercest storms in your life.
Philippians 4:6 instructs us “Don’t worry about anything; instead be specific in prayer about everything”, giving thanks to God for all He has done. There will be storms in our lives, of “hurricane proportion”, creating an avalanche of crippling emotions. We need not be afraid. Remember, Jesus is always there with you in the middle of the storm. Cry out to Him.
He promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He is with us in the good times, and He will be with us in the middle of any situation. When He shows up the storms in our lives have to flee. They are muzzled, leaving a calm assurance of the love of God.
Psalm 107:29 (NIV) states: “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea[b] were hushed. 30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven”.
Today, as the storms blow around us, may our hearts be calm, as we rest in the Lord.