We’ve all been there, hunkered down in the fetal position, just praying for God to calm the thunder, lightning, rain, tornado or blizzard in our lives. We want Him to say to our storm, “Peace, Be Still.” just as he did in Mark 4 when the disciples feared their boat would come apart in the storm. We want him to make it stop, that’s not too unreasonable, after all, that’s what the disciples did! Only, look at that Jesus said after the wind and rain obeyed… “Why are you so fearful, how is it that you have no faith?”
So many times in our lives we just can’t handle the fear any longer, it over takes our very being, we can’t control it and in all honesty, we think that the fear alone might kill us, not the thing we are fearing… and guess what? We just might be right about that… Follow me on this… God is a loving Father, He WANTS to bless us, to protect us, provide for us, defend us etc… but we MUST trust in Him. When we are in fear, we are in sin because we have lost our faith in God. Now don’t go beating yourself up about actually being in fear because we have a gracious Father who understands our frailness and weaknesses.
What Jesus wanted the disciples to do was trust that even with the storm all around them, that they would be safe, they would be protected. Trusting would have been the greater miracle, not that the wind and sea obeyed him. Trusting in their safety regardless of the storm around them is where their faith should have been. But it wasn’t, and you know what? Jesus still calmed that storm.
You see, in reality, the easy road is “just trusting”, it’s not in panicking, rushing to God, freaking out and begging for hours, days, weeks or years for God to take our storm away. It’s not the easy road even if He does calm the storm. The easy road is knowing He protects you in the midst of the storm, and quietly seeking Him, asking Him for victory through the storm, and praising Him for that victory ahead of time.
Take a look at the verse below…
Now in that particular instance, Isaiah is making a point to the people, but I want you to look at the two lines in the middle… look at these key words, “Rest”, “Quietness”, “Confidence”… in THOSE things is where our strength lies. REST.
When you are in fear: Rest. When you worry: Rest. When you doubt: Rest. Be quiet, and be CONFIDENT that our loving Father will take care of us once we do so. Also, look at that next line, “But ye would not.” In Isaiah here, God allows the enemy to come after His people in verses 16 and 17… but then He waits…
Now, I know the following scriptures are lot but I REALLY want you to read what happens next because it speaks for itself, when we don’t rest, when we worry and mess up, yes the enemy can get to us at times but God doesn’t wholly leave us, look what He does, continuing a few verses down in Isaiah 30…
Am I the only one that receives an immense amount of peace from all of that!? How GRACIOUS our Father is. When we worry, doubt and fear, we have to keep in mind that this world is not our home, this world has no hold on us… not our job, our spouse, our children, friends, family or even our pets ;), nothing should be placed above Him in our lives.
As Christians we are prepared to lose all for the sake of Christ, and when we are prepared to lose it, when it no longer has that painful hold on us at the fear of it’s loss… then that is the place in which we have confidence that we, in fact, won’t lose it. Placing anything above God in our lives is the place the devil wants us to be, because if he can get us in fear of losing it, then we give him the foothold he needs in order to take it. Rest, confidently in the Lord that when He has given something to you, it is a gift from the Father and the devil can’t take it unless we give it away by not RESTING in QUIET CONFIDENCE in the Father.
I want to end with an excerpt from a letter my Amish-Mennonite pen pal wrote to me, her name is Tashina, she is in her early 20’s and I hope to incorporate some of her writings into future blogs…
“I had to go over some of my jalapenos picked. Poor Santiago (her brother), he was lots more patient than I would be if I’d been trying to get something done, I need to compliment him on how he’s growing in grace. Speaking of grace…
The bishop was just like, ‘How can I explain grace? It’s so totally amazing, it’s free; it’s marvelous- and it’s sufficient!’ Titus 2:11-14 have a fresh meaning.
‘ Okay, I’ll quit. It’s not like I’m preaching you know, 🙂 it’s just that life is so totally beautiful when one receives grace.”
As always, remember that Jesus is that true light that expels all darkness!
Only By His Grace,
~ Michelle, Jeanne (jc) , Leah & Kansas Matt
The above is a blog I wrote five years ago… I was searching for a photo and found it… What is amazing is that I found it today. You see my friend Tashina, mentioned in this post lost her father in a terrible buggy/car accident last night and her family is shattered. We are shattered; our hearts are broken for them all. If you would, please add her and her family to your prayers. Her father Scott was one of the most amazing men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. His monthly letters to our herdshare for raw milk, fresh produce and other nutrient dense foods from their Old Order Mennonite community were a highlight for our family and countless others. He was a calm spirit with an infectious laugh and a spark about him that made you want to smile and laugh. He was incredibly knowledgeable and made it his mission to spread the gospel through teaching about healthy foods such as grass-fed dairy, meat and organic vegetables. He kept bees with his sons, who have grown to become amazingly talented and strong men themselves. His two beautiful daughters are some of the sweetest souls I know, capable Proverbs 31 women. Heaven gained an amazing man, and that absence will be keenly felt by so many. We will miss him. His life lives on in his wife, beautiful children and the wisdom he gave to so many.