Adam’s Devotional – November 19-25, 2020

From Adam:

Remember that time Jesus calmed the storm? It sure would be nice if Jesus would calm the storm of anxiety, division, and the complete lack of “normal” going on in our world today. Did you know Jesus was actually asleep on the boat in the middle of the storm? The disciples, many of whom were fisherman and knew their way around a boat, were terrified they were going to drown in the storm. In the midst of their fear and anxiety, Jesus was sleeping. They went to him. They didn’t ask for help. They didn’t think he could do anything about it. They just wanted him to wake up and freak out with them. Ever heard the phrase misery loves company? When you are annoyed and frustrated, you just want to find someone who will be annoyed and frustrated with you and tell you that you are right and whoever/whatever is annoying you is wrong. But that is not what Jesus does. He does not get sucked in by the gravitational pull of their anxiety. He wakes up and shouts, “Peace! Be still!” Then all of a sudden, the wind and waves settle, and there is complete calm. Ever wonder to whom he was saying, “Peace! Be still!”? Maybe it wasn’t just the wind and waves but also his disciples. Jesus doesn’t just calm the storm on the sea; he also calms the storm in the hearts of the disciples. Do you need to hear Jesus say, “peace, be still” in your life? Do you feel like you are in the midst of a storm, and Jesus is sleeping? What if instead of waking him up as if he didn’t already know what was going on, you sat down next to him and shared in the rest he offers in the middle of the storm? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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