He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” – Luke 8:25
By Fr. Christopher Waters
At our pastor’s Prayer time on Wednesday morning, we talked a bit about storms in our lives. Almost all of us shared about personal or pastoral storms that were creating crises in our lives.
One of the pastors shared that the symbol for crisis in Chinese is literally translated “dangerous opportunity.” Another went on to say that it is when people are experiencing the helplessness of a storm that they are most open to seeking or receiving Jesus.
In the eighth chapter of Luke, Jesus and His disciples are crossing a lake when they encounter a storm. As the boat fills with water, the disciples awaken Jesus who has fallen asleep. After expressing their fear that they are all about to die, Jesus speaks and calms the storm.
The disciples were comfortable being apart from Jesus while they were in control and doing what was easy for them. But, when there was a crisis too big for them to handle, they sought out Jesus. It would seem to me, from the plain reading of Luke, that they were not awakening Him because of their faith, but rather from the perspective of”misery loves company”. Regardless of the reason, the storm drove them to Jesus.
In the middle of a violent storm, on a lake far from shore, a crisis led 12 terrified men into a dangerous opportunity. They began fearing for their lives and declaring the power of the storm. When Jesus awoke and spoke, their fear of the storm was replaced with fear of God as the saw Jesus calm the storm. The power of the storm became strangely dim as it was replaced by the more incredible power of God.
If you are currently experiencing a storm in your life, don’t fear the storm. Seek Jesus. Have faith and look for dangerous opportunities.
His word shall not fail you, He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell
And turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
Third verse and refrain of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Helen Howarth Lemmel
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