This has been a long time coming but I want to starting doing devotionals with you guys and what better time than Good Friday?? I’m inclined to write a very inticing and pastoral intro but I kinda just want to be pretty chill with this post since it’s been in my drafts for two weeks. So, I’m excited… let’s get into it!
Okay friends, please open your bibles, phones, hearts –whatever you’re working with– to read and receive Mark 4: 35-41, which has been particularly encouraging over the past few weeks.
I like to read scripture aloud to make the words in the text feel like their literally walking off of the page and being poured into my spirit. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God so make the words become your own by speaking life and unlocking the mystery between the lines of the words. If you can read out loud please do! Alright, lets go —
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”nkjv
Alright cool, so I think regardless of how many times I’ve read this parable, I seem to bypass a key element of the first verse: “when evening had come, HE said to them, ‘let us cross over to the other side.” I feel this is relevant because it answers sooo many questions. For one, why would Jesus question them for being fearful during a storm?! But, if you think about the fact that it was His idea to cross over in the first place and the disciples abide in Him… why doubt the one who will take you through? There’s also the fact that Jesus was their Rabbi (teacher) and Rabbi’s students were to basically live exactly as their Rabbi lived. We see this man was peacefully sleeping, on a pillow that is! Can’t forget that part. So if Jesus was big chillin, the disciples should’ve been too…Right? Well, what would you do? Would you be peacefully sleeping on a pillow in the midst of what seems like imminent death? I don’t want to be a hypocrite and sit behind my computer screen judging THE disciples when I know good and well I would have been somewhere having a panic attack during this great windstorm. Windstorm though? Yikes. Anyway…
One of my storms in this quite stormy season was staying home with my roomie and not going home to be with my parents. I wouldn’t be loving anyone well if I encouraged a life of living in fear or worry in any capacity. But around two weeks ago, there I was… caught between the wind of wanting to honor my parents and the wave of what it means to honor them in God’s name. Geez right. But Jesus is the only one that can settle the storm, and He has said “peace be still,” which practically is Him requiring me to take the posture of rest, grab me a pillow and chill as well.
Not to mention the fact that at this point in my walk with Jesus, He has every right to question my faith because I have seen too much to continuously doubt Him. Sounds a bit like rebuke but is actually encouragement for me…
So, friend. Let’s talk. What’s your storm look like in this season? Are you more consumed with getting through it than resting in it? Have you considered the idea that MAYBE this storm is meant to teach you how to find true rest and BE STILL. Oou we don’t like those word’s unless they’re on an Instagram story do we? But as a command from God? Too much, too much. I get it.
But the question remains, are you willing to embrace the stillness that comes with acknowledging that your life is in the hands of the One who has complete authority over the storm? Are you ready to be in the stern with Jesus? Because let me tell you, where He is taking you actually requires you to have a level of trust that you didn’t prior to the storm. Whew. I’ll let that sit in for a second.
This is all love and encouragement my friends. If it makes you feel better, we are all in a storm of sorts. Sit and find the peace that is waiting for you in the stern, in the deepest part of the boat.
My bible titles this passage, “Wind and Wave Obey Jesus” but if I were naming this encounter I’d call it “There is Peace in the Storm. Relax.” That Peace’s name is Jesus.
I love you all. And my prayer is that you allow yourself to rest. Jesus, help us to have a posture of stillness. Stillness that can only be attributed to you. Give us a dosage of peace that comes from a medicine only found in Heaven. Found in you. I pray that you will allow us to have encounters with you that will make it impossible for us to ever doubt your character and your name. I pray that you will forgive us for the ways in which we have forgotten that you are the one leading us on this journey. Take away the burden that we have taken on trying to lead ourselves or be god over our own lives. Humble and love us in such a way that we can’t help but remember that it was you who brought us here, so it will be you who will show us not only have to survive, but live in this place with you. Show us what it looks like to be still and know that you are God. King. Dad. We love you and we thank you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Peace + Love ♡