Do you know what is coming? Are you listening to the signs? How can you be ready?
We sat inside watching the rain pour in heavy sheets outside the door as Harvey made his way into our backyard. We laughed and talked as the water continually came down. We played games, ate way too much ice cream, and listened to the repetitive news describing what we could see through the glass. We knew the storm was coming. We sort of prepared for it. We watched for hours and all we could do was wait and wonder. We had no idea what was about to actually happen.
When a storm approaches in life, we often don’t know what’s coming. We can see the signs. We can actually watch it creep into our backyard. People warn us. Sometimes repetitively. Maybe in a sermon, the kind words of a friend, or in the words of a song. We listen but we have no idea what is actually about to happen.
We know our marriage is struggling but we don’t realize that our spouse is about to leave.
We know our child is acting strange but we don’t realize he is about to fall into serious temptation.
We know our debt is more than we can handle but we don’t realize it is about to destroy our future.
We know layoffs are coming but we don’t realize our job is about to disappear.
We know we are not feeling well but we don’t realize that sickness is about to devastate us.
We know what we are doing is wrong but we don’t realize that it is about to turn our lives upside down.
You see, we sat in the comfort of our den. Watching. Waiting, Wondering while Harvey slowly and methodically crept into our lives. We knew he was coming, but we did not realize the massive devastation it would cause.
The disciples had the same kind of experience.
35 On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
The disciples were casually making their way to the other side when their own Harvey came creeping upon the water. They had no idea what was about to happen. The disciples had the one thing we must all have when storms approach. It wasn’t ice cream or Channel 2 news. “They took him with them in the boat.”
No matter what we are doing. No matter where we are headed. We must take Jesus with us. He must be in the boat. He can sleep but he must be there. He must be the first place we turn when the storm hits. When it creeps into our backyard. When we see the warning signs. When we sit eating ice cream. He must be there. He must be the one we turn to when the wind begins to howl and the rain is pouring in sheets out our back window. Why? Because he is the one who controls the storm.
He is the only one who can say “Peace be still.” Sometimes he calms the storm and sometimes he calms our hearts. Sometimes he does it immediately. Sometimes it’s after the rain. No matter how, when he is with us, he brings peace.
38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
If you are not in the middle of your own Harvey now, you will be one day. Be prepared. Make sure you have Jesus with you. He is the only one who can calm your storm. Allow him access to pour his peace into your heart and life.