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Dear Lord, when I read this report of You being asleep in the boat when the squall came up, it seemed so amazing.
Instead of relaxing like You did, people usually get more anxious when things intensify and we begin to feel out of control.
That may be the key – You knew that nothing could happen that was out of Your control!
But why didn’t the disciples know that?
They had witnessed You performing many, many miracles. Not only healing the sick and lame and blind, but raising people from the dead! So if they had listened to Your words and trusted them, it seems they would have had more confidence in the outcome, squall or no. What You said was, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.”
Lord, I want to be so confident with You that when You tell me, “Let’s do something” I will trust You so completely that there is no question of whether it will be accomplished or not.
I want to do what I see You doing. If You are resting, that’s my cue that I can rest too. Because if it doesn’t bother You, and I am with You, then it shouldn’t bother me.
So, even in the hard part, the storm, if they had asked back then WWJD? What would Jesus do? The answer was right in front of them: sleep!
So when the hardest part comes, yes, I want to be sure I’m doing my part. But rather than quake with fear, or anxiously try and control the outcome, let me do what I see You doing. And be so confident in my trust, that I become calm, and at rest.
Bottom line: if I am with You, it will all work out.
Either I will reach the destination with You, or I will perish: in which case I will also be with You. It’s a win-win! Amen