Bivocational Small Church Ministries Coordinator

 

“. . . Even the wind and the sea obey Him” 

It’s hard to believe that on September 22 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo.  For the most part, those of us who are 40 years old or more remember exactly where we were during the early morning hours of that night as Hugo was wreaking havoc on everything in its path.  I know that I won’t ever forget the howling winds and torrential rains that accompanied the storm, saying nothing of the train-like roaring of small tornadoes as some passed by overhead while others briefly hopped around on the ground. Damage was everywhere, yet some areas seemed untouched. It was amazing how this could happen.  The parsonage Freeda and I lived in was unscathed with no damage at all, yet the church, which was adjacent to the parsonage, had half of the roof ripped right off of it!  Many others have spoken to me of similar experiences where they lived. 

There was probably more praying going on that night than most of our churches had experienced in years.  A number of individuals shared with me how they had made promises to God, telling Him, “If only You will get me and my family through this safely, I promise I will be more faithful to You . . . I’ll serve You better . . . and . . . I’ll go to church more regularly. . .” etc.   I wonder how many of these promises were kept? 

Even Jesus’ disciples went through some serious storms. The Gospel of Mark describes two of these times.  In Mark 4, Jesus is with the disciples and asleep in the back of the boat when a great storm arises,  and the disciples cry out in fear, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?”  Another time in Mark 6, the disciples are again in the midst of another terrible storm. They see Jesus as He is walking on the water toward them, and they were scared to death thinking He was a ghost or a spirit of some kind. 

In the Mark 4 account, the disciples were tired and needed rest, but they encountered an awful storm. They felt hopeless and helpless.  Jesus spoke to the storm, and the storm became quiet.  You see, Jesus was greater than their storm and took the power right out of it.  Problems occur in all areas of our lives as well. In fact, the Christian life may have more stormy weather than calm weather.  As followers of Christ, we should be prepared to face storms because they will surely come.  Don’t surrender to the stresses that come with the storms of life, but remain resilient in the face of them.  With faith in Christ, you can pray and move ahead.  When a squall approaches, lean into the wind and trust God. He will calm your storm and give you peace in your soul. 

In the Mark 6 account, Jesus saw the disciples’ fear and said “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”  By His presence, He calmed their fears and calmed their storm. To recognize Christ's presence is the antidote for fear.  When you experience fear, do you try to deal with it yourself, or do you let Jesus deal with it? When the storms of life come your way, it’s calming to know that Christ is always with you (Matthew 28:20). He’s with you in the midst of your storm and will see you through it. 

We all face storms of different kinds.  When you face your next storm, remember, it’s not wrong to be scared in the midst of your storm, that’s part of our humanity to one degree or another. But here is the important thing to remember – the storm is not in charge and the storm does not have the last word — JESUS IS and JESUS DOES. 

“. . . Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”   (Mark 4:41) 

Working Together in His Service, 

Roy   Pr. 3:5-6