Peace! Be Still.

Have you ever been in the midst of a horrible storm and had an unexplainable Peace, knowing – All Will Be Well?  

We are all probably familiar with the story where Jesus speaks to the wind and waves and calmed the storm.  I have often thought about Peter and the disciples out in that small fishing boat crossing the water (like they had been instructed) when a horrific storm begins to build up.  

I wonder what it must have been like that evening in the boat tossed about by such a storm. These men had given up everything to follow Jesus.  This night they were with Jesus. They were in the boat on their way to the other side. How could things be going so wrong. The boat was most likely going to capsize from the winds and who could survive in such turbulent waters even if they were lucky enough to hold onto something that would float. 

And what about this Jesus that had told them he was the Son of God? …asleep in the stern of the boat.  Really?  Was He just going to let them drown? 

I can imagine; they frantically scooped water out of the boat while holding on for dear life with thoughts of ‘what am I doing here?’  ‘Haven’t I done everything he has asked of me?  I’ve abandoned everything and have gone all in.’  The more they scooped water out the more the waves threw it back in.  What else could they do? 

Try as they might, again tonight they weren’t going to get it right. 

What about you?  The person who believes you aren’t quite enough. No matter what you do, the feeling is there, beneath the surface. It nags at you like that scratchy label in your new sweater.  There’s no way you even measure up to the disciples. And try as you might, it just doesn’t happen for you either. 

You have waited so long to see your ship come in. And day after day, week after week, and even year after year, it’s just not happening. You wonder if you’re at the wrong dock.

But the storms still come. The waves still crash against your boat and you too are somedays barley hanging on. 

What else can you possibly do?  Haven’t you given enough; your all?  

It was at this point that they woke Jesus and out of desperation cry out, ‘Don’t you even care?’  

And with three words their lives were changed. 

Peace!  Be still. 

The wind ceased and there was a great calm. 

While the wind and waves obeyed his voice what about those few men within the sound of his voice, those who had chosen to follow?  Did they receive Peace at His words? Were their hearts and minds fill with a great calm?  

I say yes!  

Was it just because their circumstances had changed? 

The writer of Mark tells us that they were amazed. (Ummm, I can certainly imagine that. The storm stopped instantly!). But had the entire storm stopped or had Jesus only stopped their storm?  Was it just calm where they were and the storm continued to rage elsewhere?  

We all have storms raging around us. Things not going exactly like we had hoped. And sometimes it’s bad. But what if we too did like the disciples; the ones who were accused of too little faith?  What if we ask Jesus, the Prince of Peace to speak Peace over our storms that rage? 

That’s when you find yourself in the midst of a huge storm with an inexplicable Peace. 

Peace in the midst of the storm. 

The wind and waves still obey.  

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama.  Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.

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2 thoughts on “Peace! Be Still.

  1. Cindy, you don’t know how much this post means to me. Thank you for sharing it. I’ve felt something like those disciples more than once over the past few years. Although my physical life wasn’t at risk in a boat in the midst of a raging storm, the potential (even likely) outcomes seemed about as bad. Drowning literally or metaphorically is not what any of us expect when we decide to go “all in.”

    I think it’s possible that we don’t really discover whether or not we’re truly “all in” until we can let go in the midst of the storm and accept the Peace you describe.

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