This morning, I woke up to a real mess. I mean a 6 digit grand style mess that turns major plans all the way upside down. It’s not what I had planned for my Monday, but there’s not anything I can do about it.
So, what do you do when you find yourself in the middle of a mess and you don’t have a solution for it because it’s not up to you? What do you do when every fiber of your being wants to flip out, but the voice of truth says “peace, be still.” Can you be calm in this?
I’m speaking to me and you both. CAN YOU BE CALM IN THIS?
I assure you, Jesus is calm in this. Yes, this very thing you’re facing that has you all worked up and stressed out. Jesus has seen the end from the beginning and he knows this storm will not sink this boat. Listen to me okay, if you’ve invited Jesus into this boat, it’s not sinking. Say that with me, “it is not sinking.”
Calm down, Sis.
Do you remember the circumstances of Jesus saying “Peace, be still”? Jesus was in a boat with the disciples and a wild storm came upon them. The disciples start freaking out because the waves are crashing and they feel like the boat is going to sink. They run to Jesus for help and find him sleeping. Yeah, like I said, Jesus is calm in this. He’s not stressed. He’s not worried. He has complete control. Let’s read the story together.
Mark 4: 37-40 “But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Understand, Jesus was not only telling the storm to be still, he was telling his followers to be still. He was rebuking the waves, and he was rebuking the fear.
The disciples knew to run to Jesus for help. They knew he had control. However Jesus was surprised they were so afraid of this storm when they knew he was in the boat with them.
Is Jesus surprised by your reaction right now? Is he asking you at this moment, “my girl, why are you afraid, don’t you have faith in me here?”
Yes, yes I think he is.
Hear the voice of truth again, “Peace, be still.” You do not have to be overwhelmed in this. Jesus will not let your boat sink. The waves may crash, the boat may fill, but there can be peace here because Jesus is in control.
Will you accept that with me today? Accept that Jesus is in complete control over the circumstances that have you stirred up. Maybe you can’t do anything about it, but HE CAN!
Do you believe that? Jesus can, and will, do something about this. He is at complete peace over this and he invites you to be at peace with him.
Is this out of your hands? Is there absolutely nothing more you can do? Then let it be out of your mind too.
For real, stop stressing over it. Stop doing mental freak out sessions where you build the case for what a disaster this really is. Is that what you’ve been doing? You’ve been having mental freak out sessions, haven’t you? You’ve been building a strong case for how this is never going to be okay and you’re waking up defeated before the day even begins. You’ve rehearsed losing, when God has declared you as more than a conquer.
STOP REHEARSING LOSING. Stop declaring the boat is sinking. Get out of your head and realize who is in your boat.
Peace, be still. Calm down now.
These things that are out of your hands shouldn’t be consuming your mind. Do you understand what your “freak out” says? Your freak out says you believe God won’t get this right.
Really, let that sink in for a second. You actually believe the scenario that God won’t get this right, and that is the source of your worry. Is God not bigger than this problem? Is God not greater than this battle? Is God’s power not capable of calming this storm, of keeping your boat afloat, of supernaturally intervening on your behalf?
You know he is. You know he is bigger. You know he is greater. You know he is capable. So Jesus says, “why are you afraid?” Do you really think God won’t get this right for you?
Scripture tells us at the word of Jesus, suddenly the wind stopped and there was calm. Silence. Peace. Everything was still. The threat was gone. This is what we all want. This is the outcome we desire, but it’s not always what we get.
Sometimes God lets us spend the night in the lion’s den. Sometimes he lets us walk right through the fiery furnace. Sometimes he lets us face the giants. And in those times where the storm rages, the peace he brings is within us.
Honey, it’s not always just going to go away. It’s not always going to have an immediate resolution. Sometimes you will face those lions, and when you do, you realize their mouths have been sealed shut and you have nothing to fear. Sometimes you have to feel the heat of the fire, but trust God will bring you through this and you won’t even smell like smoke. Sometimes you have to show up for a sword fight with a few small stones and know that you know that you know, “if God is for you, who can be against you.”
Peace, be still. Jesus is in this boat with you, and he’s not at all freaking out. Won’t you trust that he will get this right? Won’t you trust that he’s already made a way? Won’t you trust that somehow, someway, this boat will make it through this storm and you will come out with undeniable proof that God’s power is at work in your life.
To our worried thoughts: Peace, be still.
To our overwhelmed minds: Peace, be still.
To our raging fears: Peace, be still.
T our swinging emotions: Peace, be still.
To our hands that can do nothing more: Peace, be still.
To our boat that’s taking on water: YOU WILL NOT SINK!
If Jesus isn’t freaking out (and I checked, he’s not), then we won’t either.