“Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters, the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Have you found yourself drowning in the trials of life, and crying out for God to rescue you?
I know when I’ve gone through trials of any kind I become anxious for God’s intervention. I long for my day of reprieve!
But recently I’ve been pondering the question, “Can we become all we were created to be without experiencing the storms of life?”
So as I reflect I begin to cringe over what might have become of me had I not gone through uncomfortable seasons where loss and sorrow came crashing in. What if I traveled this journey to never experience God’s hand of power over my life that refined me in the fire! Or, to see God work his power in the healing of broken hearts, broken dreams, and failed health. These are seasons we try hard to escape but they’re also the seasons which bring us closer to God. It’s when these storms have settled down we find ourselves clothed in His image reflecting the glory of his love and power over our lives! What a beautiful plan for the pain that is inevitable in life.
And I can’t help but wonder if I would hurt for a broken world or just be happy I am not that broken had I not walked through some seasons that produced storms?
And what about the faith needed to overcome the evil schemes of the enemy God cautions about in his Word? Would my compass reflect a woman of faith?
As much as I/we want our lives to be stress free we all know that is not “real” life.
Like the disciples that cried out and saw the power of God respond it’s my prayer we will continue our journey in confidence knowing we serve a powerful God. Our God who desires to bring us to complete knowledge and understanding of His love for us through an unshakable faith.
May all your seasons leave you amazed by his love for you and yours!