That day when evening came…quiet! Be still…the waves obey Him (Mark 4:35-41)
Loving Greetings! I am delighted to see God’s grace abounding in all your lives.
Life is always surrounded by enormous uncertainties. Many times our plans for our personal lives face unplanned conditions. These unexpected circumstances pull us back from achieving our goals. Have you felt so in your lives? As I was asking similar questions to myself, I found the small group of Jesus’ disciples wrestling with the same situations.
After a long day of hearing Jesus’ teaching and being in his presence, the disciples and Jesus began a journey across the water. Being greatly comforted by the teachings of Jesus about the kingdom of God, one might think the disciples’ expectations and faith surely increased. This evening was supposed to be followed by a pleasant and peaceful rest and time of conversation with Jesus. However, against to their expectation, something horrific happened – a heavy storm in the midst of the sea! All are awake, trying to manage the boat so that the waters and wind may not overtake them. Even though they are quite familiar with sea and such storms, things are getting out of control. They cannot manage it any longer since the wind was so strong. They might have looked after Jesus for help. Unfortunately, during that time of heavy storms, Jesus was sleeping in a stern sleep inside the boat. They thought He would be helping them to pull the ropes to manage the boat, but he was sleeping, which puzzled them.
Scared by the wind, they woke Jesus up and told him that they were going to die. Jesus, after getting up, rebuked them and commanded the storm to calm down. Upon Jesus’ command… there was a great calmness in the sea. The disciples expected Jesus would help them by extending a hand to manage the boat and get by the seashore. However, nothing happened of that sort. He exceeded their expectation and calmed the storm in a way that they may not have even imagined, even in their wildest imaginations. The bible says, the astonished disciples wondered and asked amongst themselves about Jesus’ identity.
We may be facing similar storms of sickness, depression, worries of future, financial crisis, uncertainties in the ministries and expecting Jesus to do something according to our plans. Let me tell you that He will exceed all our expectations. He will do something much higher than what we have planned. Are you ready to be surprised by our Mighty God? Let us trust in His never-ending mercies and grace. May God give all of us this grace to experience His love and greatness.
Quote of the Day: “As Storms are real, so Jesus is!” (Salim Tapan Pani)
Prayer of the Day: “Lord, help us to fight against our unbelief today”