From Endless Waves to Calm Seas

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Mt. 14: 22-33

 This is one of my favorite passages of scripture.  NOT because Peter walks on the water (although I like that part), but because of these three verse: 

 22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side

24but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

 Here are my thoughts:

  1.  Jesus sent them into the storm.
  2. They were rowing furiously, going nowhere fast.  They’d been rowing for a long time – it was the fourth watch of the night – and they were still rowing against wave after wave.
  3. Sometimes, God’s activity is scary, and often it comes in the middle of our day to day survival activity.  Jesus was walking on the water, but he scared the disciples half to death. 
  4. This was a growth/faith opportunity
  5. It looked like a death opportunity
  6. They had to hear God’s voice in order to know the difference.
  7. Jesus set the whole thing up to give them a new, life-changing, faith-stretching (new-brain-pathway-creating) experience.  When His purposes were accomplished, the wind died down.

 Know this:

 No matter your situation, God is the Lord of the waves.  Look for your faith-stretching, new-brain-pathway-creating opportunities in the midst of the chaos.

 The One who created you will continue to grow you.  He won’t take you out on the lake to drown you.  He will see you through.

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2 Responses to “From Endless Waves to Calm Seas”

  1. Ann Says:

    I needed to hear “No matter your sitution, God is the Lord of the waves.”
    God is always in control of nature and our lives.

  2. Jeanine Says:

    I am reminded of Ron Mehl’s thesis – that everything God does or allows in our lives is for ONE purpose – to make us more like his son, Jesus.
    In order to get progress that direction we often need to go thru turmoil. God literally shakes up our comfortable “world” so that we realize that we need him. Of course we always do, but we need to realize that! It’s at that point of realized need, that we run into His arms of love, and find He has been waiting!

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