Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26
The disciples were in a fishing boat and suddenly, out of nowhere, a storm arose. The storm buffeted the boat, and even though they had Jesus in the boat with them they were panicking. Finally, they woke Jesus who was sleeping, and asked Him to do something and Jesus spoke to the storm and calm returned. He then admonished them for having so little faith.
I know that a lot of people are feeling like they are in a place today where the waves of life are whipping them about like a rag doll.
I also know that wherever you are and whatever you are going through Jesus is right there with you. You say; “How do you know that? I can’t see Him and I refuse to believe if I can’t see it with my own eyes!”
Therein is a problem. We are to come to Him like small children. We are to have complete faith that no matter how chaotic our situation seems we will be alright because He is with us.
The secret to staying calm in all situations is to remember that. If you have to close your eyes and mentally “see” Jesus with you. Would anything or anybody dare to come against you?
In the midst of what looks like a hopeless situation our flesh reacts. Our heart starts pounding, our “fight or flight” response comes to the surface and we find ourselves reacting in ways that are not productive.
The second secret God has shared with me is that I should react “Biblically” rather then “Worldly.” We will never fail if we learn that as hard as it is we can turn the other cheek, walk away and give it to God.
My husband and I were once having dinner at the home of friends. Into the evening a man started rattling on about a guy at work whom he had mentored and helped along the corporate ladder. Then the man said, “That guy betrayed me and I am not going to forget it.” I saw a look of anger come over his face, and as others walked away I began to observe the emotions on this man’s face. I could read his body language and it was obvious that the more this man dwellt on the situation the more distressed he was becoming.
Like I always say, the mind is the problem. We start dwelling on our situation and the more we dwell on it the more upset we become.
Life is interesting in that, looking back on it at my age; I realize that things can change in the blink of an eye. Looking back on your life how many times did things, seemingly out of the blue, change your life positively forever?
Believe that God walks with you. Nothing can touch you, unless you let it. God puts a hedge of protection around you and around your family.
“Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.” Job1: 10
Lift your head and refuse to spend this day or night in worry. Every single time worry comes to your mind say, out loud if possible, “God is by my side and everything is going to turn out wonderfully!”
You are not in this alone, beloved! Make up your mind that you are going to refuse to look at the waves surrounding you!
Refuse to look at the waves! God is with you and all is going to work out fine!
In His Never-Ending Love,