I have mentioned before the trials that we have been going through as a family. Some weeks the pressure of them seems so great, and the pain of them so intense, I wonder how much longer I can hold up. And this was on my mind this morning when I was reading my Bible.
Today I read in Matthew 8. This section jumped out at me:
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
When Jesus awoke from a sound sleep, He didn’t remark on the strength of the storm, as I probably would have done if it had been pleasant when I fell asleep. He remarked on His disciples’ fear of the strength of the storm. And then, before they perished, He rebuked the storm, and there was a great calm.
I need to change my prayer from, “Lord, let this cup pass from me,” to “Lord, help my unbelief! Increase my faith in You, and my peace in You, in the middle of this tempest.” For He whom even the winds and the sea obey is walking with me through it.