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Love in the Storm

Philippians 2:4 – Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (HCSB)

Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are a honeycomb sweet to the taste and health to the body (HCSB)

 

Recently, I was staying with my grandchildren while their parents were out of town.  They only live about two blocks from their school, so we had planned to walk every morning and afternoon.  One morning it was drizzly and misty, but we discussed it and decided it was nothing we couldn’t handle.  I grabbed a travel mug girlanddogof coffee, put the leash on the puppy, passed out umbrellas, and off we went!  We were talking and singing and just having a great time until we got right in front of the school and the clouds opened up!!!  It was as if someone had flipped a switch. “Pouring” doesn’t really begin to describe the rainfall. At this exact moment in time, in the worse than pouring rain, with teachers and parents and students crowding the schoolyard — the puppy decides it’s potty time!!!  I was overcome with various emotions — worried about my grandchildren, embarrassed about the puppy, totally helpless in a situation that had seemed so controllable at the beginning.  I told that story to four different people – two family members, one close friend, and one recent acquaintance. One family member asked only about the children. The close friend and the other family member asked about both the children and the puppy. Only the recent acquaintance showed concern for me.  She expressed sympathy for the chaotic moment in front of the school and also for me having to walk back home in the storm.  I started to think how much that situation is like life in general. We think there may be a little trouble ahead, but it’s nothing WE can’t handle. Then comes the storm!  And while we are enduring the storm, thinking it’s the worst that can happen, something comes along to prove us wrong — and of course there always seems to be an audience!  For sympathy and comfort we turn to our families. We can come away from our birth family feeling inadequate.  We may come away from our church family feeling judged. But, then sympathy and comfort come to us from an unexpected source.  A simple “How are YOU?” can make such a difference in someone’s life. Sarah Fielding said “The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart that balm or honey.” Lord, help me to remember that showing interest and using kind words can be a great gift and a soothing balm in someone’s life. Storms will come. Embarrassing moments will come. But, help me to show Your love through my love and be a living example of John 13:35 (By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” HCSB).

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Bailing Out the Boat

Matthew 8: 23-25: 23 As He got into the[a] boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves. But He was sleeping. 25 So the disciples came and woke Him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to die!” (HCSB)

 

I’m going to need an extra cup of coffee this morning!  I was awakened very early this morning to the sound rain windowof a hard rain being driven against my bedroom window by a strong wind.  As I snuggled deeper into my warm bed in my dry house, I thought of the disciples in the storm at sea.  They too experienced a hard rain driven by a strong wind, but while I enjoy a warm house, they were in a boat.  I picture the disciples wet – it probably seemed that walls of water were coming from all sides.  I picture them cold – rain from storms always seems so cold.  I picture them battered – the boat was probably being tossed about on the rough waves.  I picture them gasping for air — probably every breath seemed to carry more water than oxygen.  These were men who knew about traveling on boats.  They had been taught what to do during a storm, but nothing was working. The worst thing they could imagine was happening.  I have no problem at all picturing them being terrified! I can just hear the disciples calling Jesus, voices raised, talking over one another– What is wrong with You?  Don’t You care about us at all?  We are being tossed about and covered with water to the point of near death, and what are You doing??”   But, verse 26 tells us that Jesus spoke to the storm as we would speak to an unruly child and that the storm calmed.  Jesus could rest because He was not afraid of a little thing like a storm. He knew who was really in charge.  The disciples felt that they were simply hanging on, doing all they knew to do, failing at every attempt when all they needed to do was trust the One who knew the way to calm the chaos.  So often we today feel battered by the storms of everyday life.  We feel like our little boat is being tossed around and is taking on water faster than we can bail.  We are just hanging on, doing all we know to do, nothing is working, and we are terrified.  We cannot find peace because we are so afraid of the storm.  Lord, help us to remember that the One who calmed the storm described by Matthew, Luke, and Mark can surely calm the storm in our lives.  You told us that we would have troubles and suffer, but You also told us to be courageous because You had conquered all of that (John 16:33).  Lord, I may not know why I am going through a particular storm in my life, but I know the One who can calm the storm.