He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves and it was completely calm.
I have several friends going through turbulent storms in their lives. The winds are raging. The thunder roars.
And, fearsome waves crash against their fragile boats of sanity. Of normalcy. Of peace.
Pounding them relentlessly. Swamping them with worries and cares and strife.
On the verge of drowning . . .
Clinging. Clawing. Clutching.
Holding on for dear life.
Holding out for love . . .
Pastor Wallace often reminds us that there are times when Jesus will calm the storms in and around us. Other times, He takes us by the hand and rides it out with us.
Never are we alone.
Even when we feel alone.
And, afraid . . .
The names of these precious friends are written down in an open notebook which stays by my computer. Throughout the day, I lift each one up in prayer.
And, again . . .
That God's comfort and peace may rest within them.
Provide safe harbor in the tempest.
A port of love in the storm.
Are you in the midst of a storm today?
Will you join me in prayer?
Today, Father, we lift up prayers for all those whose lives are in turmoil. May they feel the warmth and security of Your loving arms around them. May the find Your peace in the midst of fears and trials and know in their hearts by faith that You will ride out the storm with them. Amen.
Psalms 97, 99 (100) or 94 (95)
1 Samuel 16:1-13a