Then he got in the boat, his disciples with him. The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat—and he was sound asleep! They roused him, pleading, “Master, save us! We’re going down!” Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass. The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!” (Mt. 8:23-27)
Beloved, the storms of life will come; that you can be sure of. Somebody once said, you’re either in a storm, coming out of a storm or going in to a storm. The question is, what do you do while you’re in the storm, or better yet, how can you prepare for a storm? Today, we’ve seen the terrible devastation of the tornadoes in the mid-west. We pray for those families that were affected, either through loss of life or belongings. But the thing that struck me as I was watching the coverage of these devastating storms, was that over and over, the people that were interviewed said, “we were prepared.” We’ve been through this before so we knew what to do. Wow! Imagine if we were all prepared when facing a storm; a tornado in life. In the Gospel of Matthew we find the disciples out on a ship with Jesus caught in a storm. But when the storm came, they panicked! They were unprepared. But they had Jesus on board. But in their panicking, they did have enough good sense to call on Jesus. Yet we find the key to preparing for a storm in Jesus’ response to them: Oh, ye of little faith. Beloved, did you know that faith is all you need to prepare and to make it through the storms of life. Just like those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma, you need to remind yourself every now and then “I’ve been through this before.” You may not have faced the same storm, but the same God that saw you through the last storm in your life, is the same God that will see you through this storm. You’ve just got to have the faith to believe that if He did it before, He’ll do it again. So start now working on your faith cause the storm is coming but the next time, you’ll be prepared. God bless you! Pastor J.