How do you respond when the levies of life break, allowing the current of chaos to ease into your mind? What do you do when your experiences don’t align with your expectations? If you’re like me, then you’re not always steadfast, unmovable, and determined to outlast the crisis. This weekend, I felt like I was about to implode. Even though I’ve encouraged others not to panic before they needed to panic, I found it difficult to accept my own advice.
That’s why I love Jesus, for He remains calm, even in adverse situations. We often analyze the text included with this email from the disciples’ perspective and marvel at Jesus’ power to “save the day.” But as I read the story again, I noticed that Jesus’ power was evident before He demonstrated it. News flash: Jesus was in the same storm the disciples experienced! Instead of panicking, He was asleep, demonstrating His power over the mind. Jesus remained serene because He knew they would make it to the other side, in spite of the storm.
I’m thankful that Jesus isn’t stingy with His peace. I’m a witness – He shares it willingly. I called on Him, and He gave me the same advice I’ve given others. Don’t worry before you need to worry: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT). He’ll give us peace in the midst of the storm!