Lunch with Jesus
I ate lunch at my desk on Friday, and while I unwrapped my Subway sub, I had a strong urge to eat with Jesus. The best way for that to happen was through my cell phone. No, I don’t have a direct line to Jesus, (wow! what if I did?), but I can hear him speak to me through other people. I immediately opened the Podcast app on my phone, plugged in my earbuds, and said a little prayer asking God to lead me to what He wants me to hear. And there it was, Alistair Begg, from TruthForLife.org and his message titled “Jesus Calms the Storm”.
The message was based on Mark 4:35-41. That time when Jesus was in the stern of the boat, on a cushion, sound asleep. A great windstorm arose and the waves were breaking into the boat. One of the disciples went to Him and said, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
How many times do we start our prayers off like this, “God, do you not see the struggles I am facing right now?” We cry out, “Where are you?”
In this Bible story, Jesus woke, rebuked the wind and commanded the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Instantly, there was a great calm; I bet you could hear a pin drop in that boat because the disciples and others with Him were frightened as no one has ever been able to stop the wind and waves, instantly, by commanding them to stop. The important factor in this story, it happened instantly to prove to those with Him that He has authority over everything.
Our lives may feel like we are in the middle of a storm, or two, or three. I won’t list examples because your mind already beat me to it. The winds of life howl and the waves seem tsunami-like. Fear grips you.
Friends, Jesus is not sleeping at the stern of the boat because He could care less about you. On the contrary; He knows the outcome of the situation. Call out to Jesus and tell Him about the storms in your life. Have faith that He will rebuke the winds and calm the tsunami-like waves heading your way.
I am thankful Jesus joined me for lunch. God knew exactly what I needed to hear and I faithfully share His message with you because I have experienced calm come over me amidst a raging storm in my life.
In my next blog, I will share my current life storms and how I see Jesus at work.