When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.
~ Mark 4:39 New Living Translation
“Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen,” laments an old spiritual. “How long, O Lord?” cry the storm-weary of the Bible, time and again. Just so, my own heart has been stuck like a needle on vinyl these many months. Enough of the storms, Lord, I plead. Every time a breather seems to come, an even stronger whirlwind rises … Where is the peace?
Meditating on this verse, though, He whispers action hope and opens my eyes anew. I’ve always interpreted this scene as Jesus moving as only God can do. We can’t command storms to cease as He did, can we? Or…um… is that exactly what Jesus is showing us by example to do? Didn’t He say He was sending the Holy Spirit to move all the more through us when we speak the Word in His Name?
And so, I find a fresh prayer bubbling forth…
Lord , as you spoke rebuke to the storm at sea, I rebuke this seemingly unending line of attacking storms in my own life — in your name. Peace! Enough! Be Still! I hear you in my spirit , urging your children to know and take up our spiritual armor- you gave us authority to speak and declare your Word into being, just as you did. It is time for the winds to die down, you whisper. You gave us authority not to just hold our heads and moan, but to stand up in your power and might behind us. In your name, Jesus, I follow you and speak out over every part of my life – Come great calm!
(I’m still away from the blog, caregiving for my dad, but thought I’d try an experiment in blogging on a library computer today. Very… slow … going. Inchworm, really. So guess this will just be a brief devotion I felt Him leading upon my heart. Maybe for you too… ? )
© Pam Depoyan
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