Where is the stillness in a storm?
Can you find refuge in a storm?
Where should you look when a storm comes?
Learn to accept the reality of occasional storms in life but know where and how to the safety of still in the storm vs. my normal chaotic craziness of my anxiety.
Where is the Stillness in a Storm?
When a storm comes it is wise to go into the “Eye of the Storm”
The eye of the storm is where you find refuge:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Look to Jesus when the storm comes
Remember the disciples focused on the big waves rather than focusing on Jesus
Matthew 8:23–27: Jesus Calms a Storm. And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Mark 4:36–41: And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.And a great windstorm arose, and the waves breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Luke 8:22–25: Jesus Calms a Storm One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
John 6:16–21: Jesus Walks on Water When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
Pray for God to Calm Your Storm
- God’s Promise:
- Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
- A calm heart is like a serene lake:
- Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Remember to Cut the Ties
- If you are the anchor to family, friends, co-workers, etc. remember the following:
- Anchors can drown (they get stuck in the mud and must be cut loose for the very vessel it was holding still to be able to move).
- It’s easiest for an anchor to drown.
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