Friday, April 15, 2016

RESTING

     Laverne settled on the hearth before class enjoying the warmth of the fire and meditating on God's goodness. She was a living picture of the image on my heart. I'd been thinking of what it means to rest in Christ and about Jesus and His disciples on the Sea of Galilee in a storm.

     It was more than a patch of rough water. Matthew described it as "a great tempest...so that the boat was covered with the waves." (Matthew 8:24 NKJV) The disciples were afraid for their lives. They didn't have Paul's letter to the Philippians, but they had been with Jesus on the mountain and heard Him teaching the people not to worry. (Matthew 6:25) And Jesus was with them in the boat!

     Waves were crashing over them. The boat was pitching in the storm. It could have capsized. I'm not a screamer, but I would have had a white-knuckled grip on anything that seemed secure, and my eyes on that wild sea.

     In a financial storm it's natural for our focus to be on gigantic bills; on what we feel and see in a storm of illness; on what has been said or done in a relationship storm. But believers in Christ are not limited to the natural realm. If the Lord Jesus is in our boat, we have an alternative. We can choose to look away from the turmoil and fix our gaze on our Saviour.

      And today believers do have Paul's words of faith. "Be anxious for nothing...let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6,7 NKJV) As soon as the disciples cried out to Jesus He calmed the sea.


     He is our place of rest in the centre of every storm. He was sleeping in that boat. In him there is no fear. When we begin to realize our place of safety in Christ we can dwell in the peace which Paul said protects our hearts and minds - the cast-your-care zone.

     Like Laverne, we can remember God's goodness and the many times He's seen us through troubled waters. I think of Mr. Whiskers flaked out without a care and know I have not yet achieved total abandonment from the cares of this world, but if we choose to trust and rest in Christ that day will come.  

             

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