August 28–Quiet! Be Still!

Jesus 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 his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  

They were terrified and asked each other “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him! Mark 4:39-41

Jesus has the power to quiet the fiercest storms and calm the most overwhelming of waves.

Yet, way too often, when chaotic storms and over-whelming waves come crashing into our lives—in the form of a relationship filled with pain and uncertainty, a body suffering with illness or a crippling disability,  a death of a spouse, a child, a friend, the loss of a job or financial security—we fill our heads with all manner of worry, anxiety, fear, frustration, depression, self pity and anger at the unfairness of it all.

Too often we allow our own fear-fed thoughts to run rampant in our heads. And that is deadly. We need to be able to sincerely respond to the disciples’ question: “Who is this?” with a firm and faithful: Jesus, You are the Prince of Peace! 

And, then, we need to obey our Lord Jesus, even as did the wind and the waves, when He says, “Quiet! Be Still!”

Only then will the churning thoughts of chaos and crises die down and be completely calm.  Only then will we recognize and receive the power that the Prince of Peace has for us. So, shhhhhhhhhhhh…take some time with Jesus, even now, and choose to obey His loving command: “Quiet! Be Still!”

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane