Stormy Seas


There’s an old hymn that speaks deeply to the turbulent places in all of us.

“Blessed quietness, holy quietness. Blest assurance in my soul.

On the stormy sea he speaks peace to me, and the billows cease to roll.”

We’re no strangers to “stormy seas” and “rolling billows”. Like the waters of Galilee, our smooth-as-glass lives can suddenly turn threatening. And the sudden, unexpected storms of Galilee have lessons to teach us.

We may never have felt the power of gale winds at sea, but we’ve all faced enough of the storms of life to understand the disciples’ fears when the gospel writer tells us that “the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.” (Mark 4:37)

And we can understand the disciples’ frustration and anger as Jesus slept. “Don’t you care that we are perishing?” In perilous times I’ve asked that same question. And I’m still learning that our LORD’s delays are meant to bring us to the end of our own resources. He waits, in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in quieter times. He waits so that the deepest, weakest places in us can learn that “even the wind and the sea obey him”. (vs. 41)

Prayer – In the rough seas of my life, forgive my fears and mistrust. Teach me to wait in confidence for your “Peace, be still.” Amen

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