A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, "Don't you care if we drown?" He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
~ Mark 4: 37-40
That moment when you want God to notice you're struggling and you cry out, "Can't you see I'm struggling here!?!"
"Yes... now be calm."
Oh the lessons we learn when we struggle, and to think that God is not aware!
I often cringe when I hear someone say, "It's God's plan." I tell you, God must have planning meetings all the time. Our nature is to want to not only give God credit, but sometimes also blame, when things don't turn out as we had expected or hoped.
Be still and know that I am God is the part of scripture that we seem to overlook when we are busy crying out for God's help.
When we struggle with life, circumstances, or even making up our mind, the first thing we should be attempting to do is to be calm and allow God to be present.
It's funny, in the boat that day the storm arose, Jesus was resting, and the Disciples were fretting!
They didn't even hardly wait for God to have a chance, instead they demanded results now!
The presence of God exists always. Our presence of mind and God's power seems to disconnect when we forget to be still.
Praying that peace be present so that God's presence may be a real priority.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.