I love the story of Jesus calming of the storm. There are so many life lessons to be found in these few verses from Luke 8.
“One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. On the way across, Jesus lay down for a nap, and while he was sleeping the wind began to rise. A fierce storm developed that threatened to swamp them, and they were in real danger. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
So Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was calm! Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” And they were filled with awe and amazement. They said to one another, “Who is this man, that even the winds and waves obey him?” NLT
The lesson which was brought to my attention recently was to realise the way that we look at things. Each situation we find ourselves in, is like a coin which has two sides. Which side are you drawn to when the ‘storm’ or trouble comes?
This lesson was in a book I was reading called ‘Jesus: Safe, Tender, Extreme’ by Adrian Plass (Zondervan 2005) in which he wrote:
“Whatever the nature of the storm that is threatening, whether in a boat or on a train etc, it does seem a shame that we so easily lose our nerve and forget the inspiring things that have been done by Jesus in the past. The encouraging aspect of all this though, is that when we find fear and failure on one side of the coin, we are bound to find the limitless possibilities of our creative God on the other.”
The disciples could have remembered all the amazing things that they had already seen Jesus do and thought, ‘He is with us, all will be well’. But they were human and focussed on the reality of the moment and panicked. The disciples had taken their eyes off Him and looked only at the circumstances.
Jesus calmed the storm with a word and reminded them again of who He is.
I also love the fact that the next story which follows on as they land in the Gerasenes, is where Jesus calmed the storm in a man who had been possessed by many demons.
Jesus demonstrated His power over ALL things (including nature) and ALL circumstances.
Which side of the coin do you focus on when the storms of life come?
Is your glass (view of life) half full or half empty?
Do you focus on Jesus or on the circumstances?
I encourage you to pray, leave your storm with God and watch as He calms it.
Then rejoice and tell someone what God has done for you!