“He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.”Luke 8:24b
Crisis points in raising my children (now adults) always stunned me as a young parent. It seemed I was constantly striving to make the “white picket fence” fantasy real. Gradually, God helped me realize He could be trusted with my children no matter how difficult the storms. I began to understand how to give up control to Him and exercise faith.
Our faith is unexpectedly tested in the roughest of times. Jesus knows how much we will waver between belief and disbelief in the waters of life that seek to drown us. He knows our control-freakishness. He knows how quickly we abandon Him.
In Luke 8, the disciples scrambled in fear to awaken Jesus on their stormy boat trip. The winds and waves threatened them. Jesus had previously directed them to “go to the other side,” knowing the storm would happen. Fearing death, the disciples faced a big test of their faith. They easily forgot Who was with them. Yet Jesus showed Himself to be near and responsive to their prayers. In the high and stormy gales of your life too, He is near.
Don’t forget that Jesus has the power to command the winds that blow against your life.