Thursday, April 28, 2011

Storms and Worship

We have been having lots of rain recently. Even to the point that our pond in the backyard has overflowed and formed a small river through the property out to the road. (My apologies to any driver for my contributions to the standing water on the road.) And I've noticed something very different about country living in Mountain View as opposed to city living in Lansing - THUNDER!!

Mind you, we had thunder in Lansing, but thunder sounds a lot different living out in the country. It's LOUD!! And it just keeps echoing...and echoing...and echoing. You get the point.

Well, something new has developed since we moved. Jackson is now afraid of thunderstorms. He will regularly come into our bedroom at night during a thunderstorm and want to cuddle for awhile. He never did this in Lansing.

With all of the storms we've been having, it got me to thinking about the following passage:

 22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
   He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
   In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” (Luke 8:22-25, New International Version, ©2011)

(This same account is found in Matthew's gospel as well as Mark's.)

Now my initial readings of this passage have always led me to think that Jesus is criticizing his disciples for a lack of faith that He would take care of them. And there may be an element of that in this story. I'm sure the disciples were trying everything in their own power to survive the storm and keep the boat from sinking. But in the end, they ran to the Master of storm. They went to the One person who could actually do something for them.

Sometimes, we need to have attitude of Jackson. When the storm came up for him, and he got scared in the middle of the night, he ran to Mommy and Daddy. I can't stop the storm or the lightning or the thunder, but I can comfort and hold him and help him feel at ease until the storm passes.

And I think worshiping Jesus is similar to that. We know that we will encounter storms in life. It's not a question of "if" but "when." And we are not always guaranteed the luxury of a miraculous storm-stopping. But we always have our Savior waiting for us to run to Him and not rely on our own abilities.

And so, perhaps Jesus' question to the disciples was more rhetorical in nature.

When the storms of life come your way, Jesus may be asking you, "Where is your faith?"

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