“For everything there is a SEASON, A time for every purpose in heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Every year, between June and November, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico enter into a season known as, the “Hurricane Season”. During this time, hurricane-prone countries, like the Cayman Islands, will secure their property and keep a close eye on the weather reports.
Last year, Hurricane Matthew developed suddenly. And like many other countries, we watched the track of the storm, praying that it would not come near us.
As the storm approached, my husband and I were getting quite nervous! With barely enough money to make it to the rest of the month, and hardly any funds leftover to purchase hurricane supplies, we were praying to God for help.
As the storm continued, it was later determined that the hurricane was of no threat to the Cayman Islands, and our previous fears became nullified. However, the fact that we were totally unprepared for the hurricane reminded me of how neglectful we had become to prepare for the season.
Storm preparation, such as the one mentioned above, can be translated to our Christian faith as well! Oftentimes, we as Christians are unprepared for the attacks of Satan in the “storm-seasons” of our lives.
Consider the story found in Mark 4:35-41. In this chapter we find Jesus preaching the gospel to his followers in the form of parables. All of a sudden, Jesus decides to cross the lake so that he could preach to the people on the other side.
The story says that Jesus & his disciples got into the boat and were on their way, when a furious squall came down and began filling the boat with water. The disciples began to panic because they feared for their lives. Taking measures into their own hands they began to deal with the severity of the storm, but no matter how hard they tried they could not. Finally, the disciples shouted for Jesus’ help. It was only then that Jesus got up, rebuked the winds and waves, and the storm subsided.
Lessons To Learn
There are many lessons we can learn from this story.
1) The first lesson we can learn is that Jesus was completely aware that a storm was going to come.
Jesus is an all knowing God. He knows all about the past, the present, and the FUTURE. Even though the disciples may not have know it, Jesus knew that a great squall was coming.
However, Jesus also knew the mission to which he was called to! His purpose in life was to preach the gospel. And He knew that he had to reach the people on the other side of the river! In fact, before the storm struck, Jesus had fallen asleep, and was still sleeping, even while the storm was in progress.
When the disciples were thoroughly worn out by their own efforts to deal with the storm, they went and woke Jesus, and begged Him to help them. The bible says Immediately! Jesus woke up, rebuked the storm! and the wind and the waves became calm!
Jesus had everything taken care!!!!
Jesus is an all-knowing, all powerful God, and nothing takes him by surprise. He can deal with the severity of ANY storm.
2) Like the disciples, we can try to handle the storm our own way, but in the end we will fail.
Christians today face many problems. However, if we attempt to deal with our problems on our own terms we will fail.
When my husband and I attempted to prepare for Hurricane Matthew, we did so by being stressed out. We tried to deal with the situation by ourselves, without relying on Jesus to take care of us.
Without Jesus our efforts were futile. John 15:5 says “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
3) Sometimes in our life Jesus will purposefully send us on a mission knowing that a storm will come.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jesus always has a good plan for our life. Sometimes, in order to fulfill that plan Jesus needs to send us through some storms. The good news is that he does not leave us in those storms to fend for ourselves!
He knows that if we are given an assignment our emotions may run high or we will fear the unknown. He knows that we may not have all the tools we need to accomplish the task. But still, God has petitioned us to a higher and greater calling! And not only that, he promises to give us all that we need in order to fulfill our calling!!
In this story, we see that the disciples were obedient to Jesus. They went with him on his journey to the other side of the river. They may have sensed a storm was coming or they may have been completely oblivious. But they knew that Jesus was on a mission to preach the gospel to the people.
Jesus was not making this journey solely for the people’s benefits. He wanted to teach the disciples that they could fully trust Him; no matter the situation! When they came upon the storm, it was Jesus who calmed the wind and the waves. It was Jesus who encouraged them to put their faith in Him. And it was Jesus, who stood beside them in the midst of the storm.
God does not wish us harm. After all, he is right there in the boat with you. But, in order to mold our character, and redefine us into the people we are created to be, we have to go through the storms. We have to learn that God is our source of strength. He will never leave us nor forsake us, and He will never give us more than we can bear.
With Jesus in your boat you can defeat any storm!
4) Call on the name of Jesus
The final item on this list caught me off guard.
It was a crucial thing for the disciples to have Jesus in the boat with them. You could not have asked for a better ship mate and friend than Jesus. However, having Jesus in the boat was NOT what saved them from the storm. It was only when the disciples decide to activate their faith and CALL on Jesus that he arose, rebuked the wind and the waves, and the storm was ceased!
When we call on the name of Jesus our faith is being activated. We are asking the King of the universe to STEP into our situation and work on our behalf. Only he can work for our good. The bible says that “All things work together for the good of those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Jesus is a perfect gentleman. And HE will wait on us to on call on him when we need help. That is when we realize that Jesus is more than capable of handling any situation we face.
Whatever season you find yourself in, my friend, realize that you serve an almighty and powerful God. He will never leave you nor forsake. He is only looking out for your best interest at heart! Call on him to help you in your time of need. Seek his guidance, and prepare your heart for his counsel to work in your life. God loves you with an everlasting love that goes beyond eternity.
With love and God’s Promise to guide you,