Date: Thursday, May 15
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Verse: Overcome with awe, they said to each other, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!” (Mark 4:41)
I can’t stand being overwhelmed, but sometimes it happens. With our schedules already incredibly full, our budget already stretched, or our nerves already at their wit’s end, something happens to add to it all — a forgotten appointment, an unexpected repair bill, stressful news from extended family. We go from busy to paralyzed, from managing to out of control, from motivated to depressed. Being overwhelmed feels lousy.
You may remember from Monday’s devotion, that sometimes in the Bible the sea represents evil and chaos. So when we read today that the disciples were frightened when “waves crashed against the boat so that the boat was swamped,” we know this also represents some of the things in our lives. We know when the chaos of life in crashing against us. I have sometimes even said, “I’m swamped,” when I’m feeling overwhelmed. The good news for the disciples in the midst of the storm, and for us in the midst of ours, is that Jesus is there. He’s asleep, but he’s there. When Jesus awakes, he orders the lake to “be still,” and calm is restored.
Jesus has the ability to calm the storms in our lives as well, but too often we allow him to go to sleep. Notice how no one on the boat is talking to Jesus until the crisis arrives. Finally, one of them gets the idea to wake him, to engage him, to ask him for what they need. When they do the chaos is quelled, and order is restored. This story is a good reminder that before the storm, during the storm, and after the storm, we need to remain in conversation with our Lord and Savior.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being on the boat even when I ignore you. Amen.
Action: Worship and give thanks to Jesus, the one whom even the wind and the sea obey.
Respond: What tricks have you learned to help you handle times when you are overwhelmed?
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