Sometimes the Storm Is Us

August 13th, 2008 Posted in writing

In the fourteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, the disciples find themselves out in the storm, buffeted by wind and waves, not sure who is the figure they see in the lightning illuminated darkness. They think it’s a ghost but it’s really Jesus, and when he gets into the boat, he calms the water and wind and all is quiet.

Most of us can relate because we’ve probably found ourselves in life’s storms where only Jesus can bring calm. But sometimes we are the storm. Our unbridled emotions or our pride can threaten to bring destruction and devastation to ourselves, our friends, family members, and even nations. We bluster and blow and stir things up as we become tornados and hurricanes of resentment, lust, anger, jealousy, or greed.

When that happens, we need Jesus to calm the forces of chaos that dominate us and threaten others. We need him to step in and say, “Stop! Be still!” and bring calm.

  1. One Response to “Sometimes the Storm Is Us”

  2. By Pat Ostrander on Aug 13, 2008

    And only if we can force ourselves to stop and be still, can we hear the still, small voice that Elijah heard in the cave (after the storm, wind and earthquake.)

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