Matthew 8:23-27

“Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are going to drown!’

“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.

“The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him.”

This is a portion of scripture many have called to mind the last couple weeks with Hurricane Irma letting loose. During a very real storm, another, even greater storm raged. As Irma approached Florida, fear and panic set in over the entire state. Worries and anxieties raged around in the midst of a physical hurricane,  but let’s call to mind the scripture above one more time.

[Even the winds and waves obey Him.]

The winds and waves know He is their Lord, their Creator. They respond to Him, to His voice, and His movements. Even the trees bend amidst a raging storm. All creation groans in response to Him. He is the Creator of everything that exists. He is our Creator.

Physical and spiritual storms will come and go throughout this life. So, ask yourself, “What if that storm was me?” Because, sometimes, it is. Any of us can become a wreck, a mess of waves and winds sweeping over all that is in our path, leaving behind us a wake of devastation on our relationships. Any one of us is guilty of allowing emotions to control us rather than the peace of Christ. Of focusing on imperfections and situations, only to be swept up by the tempest of our earthly nature’s raging.

Jesus speaks with the same authority over me and you as He does the winds and waves. What’s more, is that He gives us the same authority to speak to our troubled soul and weary heart. If mere waves and winds respond in obedience to Him, then why can’t I simply respond to His command to be still? Of course, there is the matter of free will. Yet, that brings me to this: “Do you agape /love/ me?” Jesus said, “If you love Me, obey My commands.” Let that sink in. To obey is response of love. He’s hidden the truth from the wise in their own eyes and revealed it to those with childlike faith. The truth is that there is rest, and there is peace. The yoke is easy, the burden is light. Only, it requires faith.

Irma has come and gone. Hurricanes still rage in the ocean. Our fight is not with flesh and with blood but with powers and principalities that do not cease to wage war against us. If that storm is you, let the Voice of the one who tames winds and waves tame your heart.