Jesus' disciples had expected a leisurely dinner cruise on the eight-mile journey across the sea of Galilee that night… but “suddenly a fierce storm arose.” (Matthew 8:24) That’s life sometimes, isn’t it? We’re sailing along just fine and, out of nowhere, everything flips upside-down on the “sea of suddenlies.” A car accident. A bad medical report. A mate walks out. We get a pink slip. Our finances go south and suddenly, fear consumes us and we’re sinking fast.
Where’s Jesus? Is He asleep at the wheel? Sometimes it feels that way, don't you think? Perhaps that’s why the disciples cried out, “Master, don’t you care if we drown?”
Of course, He did care, which is why He performed a miracle. He spoke to the wind and waves and suddenly, the storm was over. The original language indicates that it was immediately placid, totally silent, no wind; not one wave. His disciples asked incredulously, “Who is this, that even the wind and waves obey Him?” The answer… He was God! (And still is).
Are you facing a sudden storm in your life these days? I’m sorry. I truly am. Honestly, sometimes it seems that the “victorious” Christian life is barely being able to keep our noses above the water. I find it helpful to remember that every storm has a definite beginning and ending, and either or both of those can come suddenly.
In Acts 12, Peter was in prison, scheduled for execution the next morning; as dire a situation as one could imagine. But his friends earnestly prayed, pouring their hearts out to God on Peter’s behalf. I love verse 7, “Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared.” The guards fell down “as dead men,” the door sprung open, and Peter walked out alive and free.
Are you feeling the chaos of a storm today? Please know that I’m praying for you even as I write. I’m asking the One who calmed the winds and the waves on the sea to calm the winds and waves in your heart...right now, suddenly... in Jesus’ name, Amen.