by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD
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Years ago, I was on a cruise ship that encountered a major storm en route. Huge waves rocked the ship and rose nearly to the top deck, leaving us passengers wondering if we would make it safely back to shore. Well, by God’s grace, we did, but not without my learning a very valuable lesson.
Perhaps never in my life up to that point had I felt so helpless. The ship’s crew kept reassuring us that the captain had everything under control, but from the looks of things, I wondered.
As my life went on, I, like you, encountered other kinds of storms that threatened both to shake my equilibrium and to make me feel helpless-storms like broken relationships, financial problems, illness. But during each of those storms, I remembered another storm that took place while Jesus was on earth. He and His disciples were in a boat making their way across the Sea of Galilee. Tired from ministering to the crowds, Jesus had fallen asleep.
Suddenly, a great storm arose that threatened to sink the boat. In a panic, the disciples awakened Jesus, crying out, “Master! Master! We’re going to drown!” (Luke 8:24). At the sound of their cry, Jesus got up, rebuked the storm, and it stopped. At His command, the raging wind ceased and the churning sea grew calm.
Then Jesus turned to His disciples and asked, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were filled with amazement and said, “Who is this man whom even the winds and the waves obey?”
Today, nearly 2000 years later, Jesus is still calming storms. Not only natural storms like the one I experienced while sailing the Atlantic Ocean, but emotional storms, relationship storms, financial storms, bodily storms, and spiritual storms. There is no storm too great or too severe for Jesus to calm. There is no storm violent enough to resist His power. At His command, every storm must cease.
What storm are you facing today? Is it the storm of divorce, of bankruptcy, of a wayward child? Is it the storm of illness, drug addiction, alcoholism? Is it the storm of depression, of worry, of fear? Whatever it is, don’t panic. Jesus is in the midst of your storm! Just as He was in that boat with the disciples during the storm they faced, so is He with you in the storm you are facing. Just as He saved them from disaster, so will He save you. All you have to do is cry out to Him. When you do, He will hear your cry and deliver you from the storm. Like the disciples, you will watch in amazement as Jesus brings His peace into the midst of your personal storm. Like the disciples, you will marvel and rejoice at His power and might and, especially, at His great love for you.
If you’re facing a storm today, cry out to Jesus. Expect Him to hear you and to calm your storm. Then write to me and tell me of the wondrous thing He has done for you. ##
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