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The Storm Calmer

(Originally published by Nattie on May 29, 2004)

…what God gives in answer to our prayers will always be the thing we most urgently need, and it will always be sufficient

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” ~ Luke 8:22-25

God is the same yesterday, today and forever so why can’t he calm a storm today?
I have been thinking about this concept the past few days. We’ve had some severe storms blow through our area. I hate storms. My five-year-old son doesn’t like them either. Sitting in our little safe room during one of the storms he looks at me with all innocence and child like faith and says, “I want Jesus to blow storms away.”
I told him to pray. Then we sang “Jesus Love Me” together.

The mom in me doesn’t want to see his hopes dashed. The adult in me knows that sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we would like him to. But what about the child of God in me? Shouldn’t the child of God have faith?

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. ~ 1 John 5:14-15

I just have to believe that he will answer our prayers, even the prayers of a little child—prayers prayed in faith.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I can’t ponder why the roof of a nursing home was ripped off miles away, but our house was spared any damage. Wondering about those things will only lead to doubt and further worry. That is what the devil wants. Instead I will believe in the Storm Calmer.

Where is your faith?

Copyright Natalie Rose York

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