Message from Natasha:
I found this reflection (about the scripture below) and I felt compelled to share it with all of you. The reflection was written by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. I think that they live in London, so we will travel the globe today to hear from them. I chose to only include my prayer, but not add a reflection of my own today. Enjoy!
And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!
Matthew 8:23-27 AMP
Natasha’s Prayer (please pray silently or aloud)
Father I’ve had my share of storms since birth and I’m so grateful that I’ve made it through, with lessons to share and wisdom gained. I’m going through a storm right now, but I’m not going to succumb to the pressure. I know where my strength lies, and that is with You. I may shed some tears. I may cry out in pain. But I will never give up. Thank You for equipping me with what I need as Your soldier. In Jesus’ name I praise and give thanks to You. Amen.
Reflection by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel
The storms of life are many and varied. They include illness, opposition, pressures at work, unemployment, relationship difficulties, loss, bereavement and persecution.
Sometimes the storms in our lives appear without warning. Jesus was in the boat with his disciples sleeping when ‘Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat’ (8:24).
Presumably the disciples were used to storms on the Sea of Galilee; it was renowned for sudden flash storms, stirring the water into twenty-foot waves. However, this storm must have been a particularly serious one because the disciples woke Jesus up and said, ‘We’re going to drown!’ (v.25).
During the storms it is natural to panic (certainly I tend to). Sometimes it appears that Jesus is ‘sleeping’ (v.24). He does not appear to be doing anything about our problems. Thankfully, we can all cry out, as they did, ‘Lord, save us!’ (v.25).
The natural response to the storms of life is doubt and fear. Jesus tells them that our response to storms should be trust (‘You of little faith’, v.26a) and that we should not be afraid (‘Why are you so afraid?’ v.26a). Jesus is quite capable of calming the storm and that is exactly what he did.
Questions of the Day
1. What are your thoughts about today’s scripture, prayer, and reflection?
2. What storms have you survived and made it through?
3. What storm are you currently in that you would like prayer from other believers?
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