Do what Jesus did.
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
Jesus was sleeping in the midst of a storm that came on so suddenly and was so ferocious that the disciples feared for their lives. But Jesus did not fear.
Jesus was resting. He didn’t need to quiet the winds and calm the waves to do it. He was resting right in the middle of it.
He was able to because:
1). He was tired and needed physical rest.
2). He knew God determined his time on earth, not a storm- even the most ferocious of ones.
3). He knew who he was (and whose he was): the son of God, on mission from God, filled with the power of God.
4). He knew his mission was not over yet.
The best thing for you to do in a storm is trust God to get you through it and rest in that truth.
1). Rest physically. You will handle the challenge of the storm better if you’re physically rested.
2). Rest in God’s sovereignty. He knows the moment you will cross into eternity. This storm will not be the end of your story and God does not have half a plan.
3). 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.
4). Rest in the knowledge that if you are here, God’s mission for you is not done yet.
At the beginning of this year, I felt the Lord press me to learn how to rest better. How to lean on him more, how to trust him to meet me more in my everyday challenges and allow his power to flow.
So instead of saying,
“what do I need to work on today?”,
I replaced it with “what do I need to rest in today?”
It completely changed my perspective and set my heart to rest in his love and work from that truth.
If he has asked you to do, he will give you what you need to get through it.
What do you need to rest in today?