And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
I’ve always been a bit of a weather-junky. I used to love watching the Weather Channel, but since they’ve started airing produced weather documentaries, I’ve drifted away from them.
But I try to never miss the forecast of meteorologist Tom Skilling on WGN-TV, Channel 9, in Chicago.
He’s rarely wrong about what weather is heading our way. He also loves to show weather pictures from viewers. He’s even used pictures I’ve sent him – usually of snowy days and of the snowfall around The Hawthorn Woods Parsonage at St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School.
Like just about every other kid who grows up in the Chicago area, I love snow days!
Growing up in Fox Lake Hills (Lake Villa, Il) I would wake up with eager anticipation if a heavy snow fall was forecast the night before. I would watch with bated breath as Ray Rayner started to announce school closings on his morning Channel 9 cartoon show.
When he announced “St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Round Lake, Il” I would let out a whoop! I’d then run upstairs and get my snow gear on and go outside for a day of playing in the snow!
I’ve never outgrown my love of snow days, but as an adult and father I’ve grown wary of extreme weather. I’ve shared part of the reason why in the devotion Natural and Special Revelation which is included in the latest paperback & Kindle edition of In My Father’s Footsteps called “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
It has been my experience that when it comes to storms God either calms the storm or calms me in the storm.
In the Gospels, Jesus calms several storms. Two of them are when he’s been in the boat with his disciples and one of them he walks out on the water in the midst of the storm to the boat the disciples are in.
Jesus can calm the storms because he is the Son of God. He was the “Word” through whom God the Father created the entire universe. All created things must obey Jesus. And so the storms that Jesus calms obey him.
I also notice, however, that not only does Jesus calm these storms the disciples find themselves in, he also calms his disciples.
When we go through storms in life – literal weather-storms, the storms of illness, despair, pain or death, storms of our own making, or storms that come our way completely unexpected – Jesus can calm these storms.
But many times, Jesus calms us in the midst of the storms.
The storms are meant to catch our attention. They are meant to draw our eyes and our hearts back to God because Christians are sometimes tempted by Satan to look away from God, tempted to focus on the storm, the wind and the waves, instead of Jesus.
Jesus comes walking on water in the middle of the storm and calls us to himself!
Sometimes he’ll calm the storm, but most of the time he calms our hearts in the middle of the storm.
And make no mistake, we are in the middle of storms! The storms of homosexuality, transgenderism, political division, abortion, opioid addiction, pornography, the lack of civility, the list goes on and on and on and on!
Satan has unleashed the putrid and disgusting arsenal of hell upon us
Still, Jesus is here in the midst of the storm. There is no reason to fear these storms. We have faith in Christ given us by the Holy Spirit working through the Means of Grace.
And we will get through these and any other storms!
Heavenly Father, there are immense storms in this world and sometimes in my life that make me afraid. Please strengthen my faith so that I will not be afraid; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
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