“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
Since living in Southern Florida for the past couple of years, I have grown a healthy respect of storms that come on quickly and are ferocious. Almost every morning in the summer, the fluffy white clouds that fill the blue expanse of the sky turn to churning dark thunderclouds by the afternoon. Some afternoon storms are gentle showers and over quickly. Often they rip the sky open with the crack of lightning, heart pounding thunder claps and vicious wind.
The verse above describes a storm on the Sea of Galilee that came on so suddenly and was so ferocious that the seasoned fisherman (the disciples) feared for their lives.
And what was Jesus doing? He was sleeping. He was resting.
He didn’t get in the boat at the beginning of the voyage and quiet the winds and calm the waves before he fell asleep, Jesus rested right in the middle of it.
The storm did not disturb him.
How did Jesus rest in the midst of an unexpected storm?
Jesus knew before He got into the boat:
- that God, His Father determined His time on earth, not a storm- even the most ferocious of ones.
- who and whose He was: the Son of God, on a mission from God, filled with the power of God.
- He knew that His mission was not over yet.
The best thing for you to do in a storm is to trust God and rest.
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.
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.
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 God has asked you to do it, He will give you what you need to get through it.
What do you need to rest in today?