Month: June 2015
There are so many stories in the Bible about storms. Jesus and the Apostles faced many storms when they were out in their boats, and Noah and his family faced a storm that resulted in the flooding of the world. When we compare these storms with the storms that we face in our lives, it becomes obvious that the way we can overcome all our storms is by following God’s directions and using the tools He gives us. Going back to Noah, when the flood was coming, God instructed Noah to build an ark. This ark was the tool that God gave Noah so that when the floods came, Noah, his family, and all the animals were protected from the great flood. We may not have an ark to weather our storms, but we definitely have other tools for the problems we face in our own lives.
For example, we have the “rock of St. Peter.” It was on this rock that Christ said we should build our faith so that when the storms that come from doubt or people who try to crush our faith, our faith will still be standing strong. We are told in
Ephesians 6:10-18 to “put on the full armor of God.” This whole set includes “the sword of faith,” “the helmet of salvation,” and many other parts that are given to us by God.
What does this have to do with weathering storms? Well, God would only give us the very best tools for the problems we face so this armor has all we need to weather any storm that others may throw at us. There is no doubt that God remembered to waterproof this armor. – Sarah F.
In the midst of the violent storm, Jesus sleeps in the boat and the disciples are afraid. The disciples ask Jesus, ‘Don’t you care?’ He calms the storm and says, ‘Why are you afraid?’ Mark 4:35-41
So how big is your faith? Can you trust that Jesus is with you in the storms of your life?
This is one of my favorite Scriptures when I feel like all is lost or a situation is hopeless! I have recently had a moment where I said to God, “You promised me You would give me what I need when I need it!” You said that Your grace is sufficient for me! (See 2 Cor 12:1-10)
Over and over again, Jesus says to us, “Why are you worried? Your faith is so small!” I think I totally felt like maybe God doesn’t really care.
I have to give the disciples a bit of credit. Not only were they in the boat (Jesus told them to and they listened), they brought Jesus with them!
There is an important element that brings me back out of my darkness or despair is my friends. Funny how the disciples are all together in the boat. That didn’t seem to help. They needed to go wake Jesus up. They go to the One who can really help save them. While that was my ultimate go to – I prayed and talked to God, it was my husband and friends who were Jesus in the flesh for me. They were the ones who could help me through and give me hope. This is it! If we aren’t hope for others, we are not living the way Christ wanted us to. So check in with your friends, offer some hopeful words and help them carry their burdens. You might even need to get in the boat!
It’s not just for the birds!
Who likes change?
We humans often look for comfort. We like to complete things and then rest in our Adirondack chair and survey the land – all we have accomplished. Ezekiel tells us God’s message in this Sunday’s Readings for June 14. God says he will tear off a shoot and plant it on a lofty mountain. It will bear fruit and birds will find shade beneath its arms. Has God wanted to plant you in a new place? Does He want you to grow and flourish? Where can you provide shade, safety and comfort? He is just waiting to help you bloom. Just ask Him.
The 2nd Reading has great advice from St. Paul: Walk by faith (that means trust) and be courageous. Then in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells the parable of the kingdom of God. God is scattering us because He knows where we are needed. We are the mustard seed. God can take the smallest of seeds and turn them into the best plant to bring shade to the birds.
Are you blooming where you are planted?