When I started writing this post, it was the end of autumn 2013. Initially, I had drafted this for the beginning of 2014. So why am I posting it five months later? Because I think there is no set time for new openings for God to refresh anticipation and faith. Especially if you choose to have faith in God as your beacon of hope.
At the time, the bright pretty colours of autumn reflected the end of a season and the change to follow. Down in my heart, I felt the depth of the season, warm oranges, bright yellows and dark reds.
My soul had felt despair. Our family has encountered fear and insecurity, anxiety and apprehension.
There have been emotions difficult to face yet in all this I have learnt to trust in the Everlasting Arms in a new way. The one thing that has remained constant is that Christ is with me. He is with my dad. He is with us as a family.
And in all things, He is God. Most High!
I am reminded of the disciples as they saw Jesus walking on the water. Fear gripped them and they thought he was a ghost [Mark 4:35-40]. But Jesus spoke over their fear.
At times my soul fails to trust God in all things. My heart reacts when bad news arrives.
Yet He asks me not to lean on my own understanding [Proverbs 3:5-6].
It has taken me almost a year, dealing with the questions in my mind and heart to realise that He is Immanuel [God with us all the time].
I can choose to feel like the world is crushing me. And allow the enemy to steal, kill and destroy joy, hope, peace or I can make Christ my Beacon of Hope. And choose these 3 reasons to not doubt that God is in control.
1| He commanded the waves to be still
Greater is the God who spoke to the waves that dark stormy night. Our perspective should be eternal. My hope lies beyond the horizon. Beyond what I can see or understand or experience or even imagine.
He rose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” Then the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39
The decision to cross over to the other side was suggested by Jesus. And the disciples being fishermen were probably delighted to spend the night resting their weary souls, on the calm lake in a boat away from the busy day that had ended. Are you weary from the stresses and strains of your day?
2| He gives us His peace to calm the troubled waters of our soul
Our strength should be sustained by the power of His Spirit. Jesus Christ entered a disease ridden, sin driven world. He healed the sick. He reached out to the outcasts. Because Christ paid the ultimate price to bridge the gap that sin brought.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath you are the everlasting arms; Deuteronomy 33:27a
All was well, until the storm appeared. And in the middle of this Jesus was asleep. The disciples awoke Him, questioning whether He cared if they were perishing. How many times do we question God? Do you care that I am struggling or suffering or alone or don’t know how I can make it to another day?
3| He beckons us to draw close [to snuggle into His arms]
If I dwell in the secret place of the Most High God then I will find rest under His shadow. Then nothing is greater than Christ. Because He bore our sorrows. Christ’s final words on the cross were ‘It is finished’. Ultimately, He died to give us salvation. He became our saving grace from the penalty of death.
I am the first and the last. I am the Living One. Behold I was dead, and am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:18
Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves and the storm with those three key words, ‘Peace Be Still’. He still whispers to us in every adverse storm or hurricane we face. In that place, as He did the disciples, He questions why we are afraid and have no faith. His compassion overrules our circumstances. And His kindness reigns over our limited understanding. For every storm has the potential to make our faith stronger, Because God is right there by our side!