THURSDAY, JUNE 18
“And they woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’”
Mark 4:38 (ESV)
PEACE WHILE WAITING
In Mark 4:38 Jesus and the disciples were in a violent storm and Jesus was asleep in the boat. The disciples were afraid and worried that Jesus didn’t care. At this point they believed Jesus had the power to do something about the storm, but he wasn’t doing anything. We know that Jesus was still very much in control. But, waiting on Him to calm the storm challenged their faith.
A comfortable plane ride was about to get bumpy. The voice of the captain interrupted in-flight beverage service and asked passengers to make sure their seatbelts were fastened. Soon the plane began to roll and pitch like a ship on a wind-whipped ocean. While the rest of the passengers were doing their best to deal with the turbulence, a little girl sat through it all reading her book. After the plane landed, she was asked why she had been able to be so calm. She responded, “My daddy is the pilot and he’s taking me home.”
God is our heavenly Father and even when we are waiting, He is still in control. Whether the storm we encounter today is the result of a tragic accident, a loss of employment, or some other trial, we can be confident that all is not lost. Our Pilot can handle the storm. He will get us home.
The greatest storm that day wasn’t on the lake, it was in their hearts. Pastor Brian Bill wrote, “Friend, don’t confuse God’s silence with a lack of compassion because He cares deeply for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 says “Casting all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.” If there is a storm in your heart today, take some time to thank God for caring for you. Ask Him to help you wait on His timing with His peace.