Big Waves On the Sea of Galilee
A few years ago I was reading through the Book of Mark. The last line of chapter 4 led me to write this in my journal:
“Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41)
Wow, Lord. Even as we’re attracted to your strength, it scares us. When we get in the boat with you and the storm comes, we plea to you, “Do you not care that we are perishing?” (v. 39) But then, when you exhibit your raw power as the Son of God, we secretly think, “Man, there’s nothing He can’t do. This is a little intimidating, praying to an all-powerful God.”
I thought about that paragraph, and wrote:
But still, if we’re not in the boat being tossed around by the wind and the waves, we’ll never see your power. So, Lord, I’m telling you right now, “I want the storm. Bring on the waves! Anything, as long as I am in the boat with you. Show me your power.”
Me and Jesus Wearing Capes!
Closing my journal, I pictured huge waves tossing my little boat around in the “ocean of life.” Satanic attack on a worldwide scale and me, standing with Jesus in some kind of super-hero-Christian cape, spiritual armor strapped on, kicking the heck out of the old devil and his demon hordes.
And then I realized… Life is a series with some huge faith assignments from the Lord. I was thinking through the life Judy and I have lived and the ways Jesus has always cared for us in spite of some huge mistakes on my part. So, I decided to take off the mental image of me in my super-spiritual-hero cape.
I remember closing my time by actually saying out loud, “Okay, Ed. You told the Lord you wanted to be in the boat. So brace yourself for the storm. Probably a couple of tsunamis coming your way this week!”
But Not This!
And then, I was helping Judy get out the door to work and noticed that her right rear tire was totally flat, with a nail as big as my finger sticking out of it. Perfect storm!
“I can’t believe this! Not today of all days. I don’t have time for this. I’m already late, and I don’t have a minute to spare. There are so many people depending on me for so many things today. And now this??!!!”
My Little Wave Assignment
That was when I heard the Lord Jesus say, “I thought you wanted to get in the boat with Me.”
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I handle the tsunamis of life a lot better than the ripples in my day. Who can this Jesus be, that He even asks you and me to trust Him for the little waves of life?
The same One who, after calming the sea, looked at His disciples and asked, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
My little-wave-faith-assignment that day was to trust Him to be my Good Shepherd…flat tire and all!
The Little Waves of Christmas
Christmas is full of these little waves, isn’t it? Financial pressure, getting everything done on time pressure, weird relatives, disappointments… That’s the Christmas list we’d just as soon do without.
What’s your “little wave” assignment this Christmas? Let’s trust the Good Shepherd born in a manger to take care of us…even when a little Christmas wave rocks our boat.