We turn to Jesus when we face a stormy future.
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“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat,
so that the boat was already filling.
But [Jesus] was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.
And they woke him and said to him,
‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?'”
Mark 4:37-38 English Standard Version
You’ve got to love a good storm…or do you?
I feel like I’m on a roller coaster in midst of a storm. When I’m on a roller coaster I’m sure that I’m going to die. I can picture myself flying off a corner and crashing to the ground.
Being in the middle of a storm can feel that way too. Flooding, lightning and strong winds can put a person on edge. At first, being in a storm might energize us, but after a while we need to escape. We realize that our lives could be in danger.
What storm is threatening your life? Mental illness? Cancer? The death of a close friend?
“Do you not care…?”
The one who calmed the storm is the one who was killed by the storm, by our sin. Yes he cares. Does he keep the storms from rising? No. He sits in the boat with us.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner