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Stormy Waters

Rough Waters

Have you ever been in a rowboat or a sailboat on the water during a storm? I have not, but I have been in an airplane in high winds which was extremely interesting and pretty terrifying. Thanks be to God, it was over fairly quickly and we were safely on the ground. I can imagine that being in a boat in stormy waters would be terrifying and long! Like the bigger storms of life, huh?

Matthew 8:23-27 NIV

23″Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. 24Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25The disciples went and woke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’

26″He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27″The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!'”

Getting Personal

I am in one of those storms of life now so bear with me as I get personal about things that have been happening for the past few months. I have been having some weird health issues that have really affected my life and my family.

Diagnosis

A few months ago I realized that I was getting more and more fatigued with normal activity. It was getting pretty extreme so I talked with my doctor. Now, after all kinds of testing and drama, it has been narrowed down to something I am just going to have to manage. It isn’t life-threatening, just interesting and sometimes very frustrating. I had to quit my job and I am working to adjust to what I call my “new normal”. It may go away and my energy level may return to normal at some point. We are not really sure, but I am learning to pace my self a little differently than I have in the past.

Emotions

The emotions I have dealt with are mostly frustration, fear/anxiety, and just being really quite blue at times – maybe depressed. The worst part has been the anxiety. Anxiety is based in fear so, what am I afraid of?

At first, I was afraid I had cancer again but that was pretty quickly eliminated. Then auto-immune diseases were eliminated. The whole testing process was a little scary.

The biggest thing on my mind though – I have been afraid of my sweet husband being forced to carry an additional financial load, a load that I acquired.

Plus, I have also lost some of my independence. I have never been completely financially independent of him but now I am totally dependent on him (as we are dependent on God, of course).

Before I go any farther, let me say – that fear/anxiety has been taken care of. God takes care of us and He has once again shown us that. He helps us identify true needs and provides for those.

No more gorgeous acrylic nails, for a while at least! Haha! I am soooooo high maintenance!

New Normal

I have some really good days and think maybe it has gone as mysteriously as it came but then I’ll hit a wall (exhaustion) and know that I am going to have to manage it better – meaning take breaks and sometimes even naps.

The Storm

My storm may be completely different from a storm you have experienced or are experiencing now. One thing is for sure, as a believer in Christ and a Child of God, we all experience storms and God wants to use them in our lives for His glory. He wants us to come out on the other side of this storm knowing Him better and trusting Him more.

How can we do that?

By seeking Him in the storm.

Let’s Look at Verse 25:

25″The disciples went and woke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!'”

The disciples sought Him out where He slept right there in the boat with them. And He is right there with you now and right here with me now.

How wonderful!

Verse 26:

26″He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”

Storms are no match for our mighty God!

When we go to Him and say, “Lord, please help me!?!” He may help us by calming the storm OR He may help by leading/carrying us through the storm. He has carried me through many of the storms in my life.

What happens when He carries us through them? We get to be really close to Him during that time. There is no way not to be close to someone who is carrying you, right? Think about it.

Opportunities

Storms are great opportunities to grow in our knowledge of God and in our relationship with Him. I do not want to waste the storm I am in now. I want to grow through it. I pray the same for you!

  • Seek Him in His Word.
  • Pray.
  • Ask Him to help you, and help you know Him better.

Now to Verse 27:

27″The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!'”

Here, Jesus calmed the storm. Because of that, the disciples were made even more aware of His greatness. What if they had not experienced the storm? He was showing Himself to them in miraculous ways!

Storms are opportunities! He is so good to us!

Things to Ponder:

  • If you are not in a storm now, share with a friend who is in a storm today. And be ready for your next storm. Then, get all you can out of it and give Him all the glory!
  • If you are in a storm now, and you are fearful and anxious, think about what you are afraid of and take it to your loving Heavenly Father. He cares about you and the details of your life. Let Him calm your anxious heart.
  • Know that storms are never because God does not love you! He loves you very dearly and wants you to be in His perfect will. That is always the best place for you!

I am praying for you, my dear friend.

Go Deeper Today:

John 12:27-36

 

 

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