Cindy Grasso

In the Middle of the Storm

Since living in Southwest Florida, I have a healthy respect for storms that come on quickly and are ferocious. Most afternoons in the summer, the fluffy white clouds that fill the blue expanse of the sky in the morning turn into dark thunderclouds by the afternoon. Some afternoon storms are gentle showers and over quickly. Some rip the sky open with whiplash cracks of lightning, heart-pounding thunderclaps, and vicious wind.

“Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.”
Matthew 8:24 NIV

The verse above describes a storm on the Sea of Galilee that came on so suddenly and was so ferocious that seasoned fishermen feared for their lives. And in the middle of that chaos what was Jesus doing? He was sleeping. The storm did not disturb him.

Why?

I think it is because Jesus knew that His Father had determined His time on earth and not a storm, even a ferocious one, was going to cut that time short. Therefore He rested. He also knew who He was and whose He was. He was the Son of God, on a mission from God, filled with the power of God. Jesus knew His mission was not complete and He was exhausted. So He rested and He slept.

Are you in the middle of a vicious life storm?

My friend, you are a beloved child of God, on mission from God and filled with the power of God. If your mission here is not complete (as you are reading this, it is not) and you are tired – rest.

Are you exhausted?

The very best thing for you to do when life brings an unexpected storm is to trust God and sleep.  Rest in knowing who and whose you are: a cherished child of God, redeemed by the cross of Christ to live life loved and drenched in God’s grace.

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