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Meditation — January 28, 2017

Posted on Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Scripture: With the coming of evening that same day, (Jesus) said to them: “Let us cross over to the other side. ”And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, just as he was in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a great gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion asleep. They woke him and said to him, “Master, do you not care? We are lost!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Quiet now! Be calm!” And the wind dropped and there followed a great calm. And he said to them, “Why are you so frightened? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:35-40

Prayer: I was lying in bed in the dark before dawn on a frigid morning. I had slept well after a very challenging previous day, attempting to minister to a troubled loved one. As I reflected on the scripture, I saw myself on the narrow boat in a great gale. And then, for the first time, I really listened to Jesus’s words that as far as I was concerned were directed to me this morning as He quelled this life storm.

Response: Is it not interesting, that the application of these verses for the first time in your life had you positioned in the boat holding on as the gale struck? You were as disturbed as the disciples, until you were wrapped in the Lord’s healing grace that gave you courage that you—and the disciples—lacked as the Lord whispered to you this morning, “Have you still no faith?”

This was no idle incident in Jesus’ ministry, but a care-filled admonishment to trust in the Lord during all challenges and trials. Be patient and witness—yes, witness—as the winds quiet and the turbulent life-sea calms.

Reflect on other storms that you have ultimately weathered, and consider the Lord’s working at those times—ever ready to command the sea to be quiet and the wind to cease. Praise God!

All for today.

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