Thanks for playing with me last week it was a great break for me, to not focus on the storms that are raging in my life right now.
We are still in the midst of them. But I do think I might be seeing a break in the clouds....or was that just more lightning?
Even though we are still being pounded by the wind and waves of this storm, we are still standing on our faith!
Like the fishermen/disciples on that stormy sea of Galilee, we do all we know how to do. All the things that have worked before. Things we have done many times and have trained others to do. We batten down our hatches with prayer, secure the sails through reading the Word, say memory verses in chants...so that our timing is in line with God's, huddle together so no one goes over board, and lower the anchor by practicing the spiritual disciplines like fasting, confessing sins, and singing songs of thanksgiving and praise. All these things are helping to keep our boat afloat. Alas maties! Even as it was with that storm on the Sea of Galilee....what happens when the storm is still too much?
Like the disciples I find myself wanting to go shake Jesus awake!
I too want to ask Him, "How can You sleep when Your child is nearly drowning? How can you not get up and do something?"
Jesus asked the disciples a question that also comes back to me:
"Where is your faith?" Luke 8:24
Did the disciples not show faith by coming to Jesus? Am I not showing my faith by doing all the spiritual things I know to do?
You know what I think? I think the answer is no!
They would have shown greater faith by going down and going to sleep with Him!
Faith is not the work of the spiritual disciplines and rituals. Faith is the resting! Resting and letting Him take care of things even if He does it in His sleep!
After doing everything we know to do...after all, I do believe God expects us to use the gifts, abilities and knowledge He gave us...we should then REST!
So for today...during this hard storm...I think I will continue to ask you to pray for us, while I go take a little nap with Jesus!