Monday, January 31, 2011

The Storm is Coming!

As I write this article a winter storm approaches. As of this moment it is yet to be seen what this storm will bring. Last night on television one channel said we could have 15-20 inches of snow. Another channel said we would have 5-10 inches and possibly 12 in very isolated areas. The national weather service according to my iPhone App is claiming 4-8 inches. Another App says we will have 2-4 inches. It is obvious that the extent of this coming event will only be known after it passes. However, the grocery stores are packed with people preparing to be stuck in the house for months. Many are in the process of preparing for the worst while others are not worried at all. There will also be others who wait for the snow to start falling and then they will rush to the stores.

The disciples were stuck in a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. The storm struck without warning and they were fighting for their life. The boat was filling with water and they were certain they were going to drown. The interesting part of this story was where Jesus was. They were fighting for their life and Jesus was asleep. How was Jesus able to sleep while the boat was tossed in the storm? Jesus had faith. The disciples had fear. The disciples woke Jesus and he immediately calmed the storm.

When we understand who holds the world in His hands, then we will live in faith and not fear. Our world is in chaos. Not only is the winter storm coming, the world is in turmoil as Egypt protests and attempts to overthrow the existing government. Protests have erupted all over the world. This is not time for us to panic and think the worst. It is time for us to live with the same peace that allowed Jesus to sleep through the storm. Our God is on His throne.

“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:1-3, ESV)

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