A Rough Call

Posted: August 7, 2011 in The Word
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Mark 4:35-39

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

I know we’ve all read and heard this story about a thousand times. But as I was reading over it this morning, I noticed something that I’d never noticed before. I hadn’t thought about the fact that it was Jesus’ idea to get in the boat and start sailing in the first place (verse 35). Jesus said lets sail and that’s what they did.

I have to think that Jesus knew the storm was going to hit when he suggested that they get in the boat.

I also have to think that Jesus knew the storm was coming before he laid his head down and started snoozing in the boat.

Knowing all that he did, Jesus still told the disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Only then for the disciples to obey Jesus then find themselves in the midst of a storm where it seemed like Jesus wasn’t even there because he was sleeping (He must have downed some serious Niquil).

I say all of that to say this; just because it seems like we’re in a storm alone doesn’t mean that we aren’t in the will of God or that God isn’t right there beside you. Because when you look at the disciples in the midst of that storm, that was exactly where Jesus had asked them to go. And he was right there with them the whole time.

Just because you experience storms along the way doesn’t mean that God has not called you to go to the other side or that he isn’t with you for the journey. Because he has called you. And he is with you.

 

 

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