Ever feel like your life is out of control? Like you’re drowning? Join the club. Imagine getting married with never having lived on your own before and eighteen days after marriage, a drunk smashes into you and your car and totals it. And breaks your hand (you’re a pianist). And gives you a concussion. And sprains your knee. And sprains your ankle. And gives you bone bruises. And whiplash. And nerve damage. And panic attacks. And anxiety attacks. And depression. And...and...and...
We all have those incredible stories that just break others’ hearts and take their breath away. We all know what it is like to feel that your life is a disaster zone. So where do we find comfort?
As humans we tend to search for comfort in commiseration. Misery loves company, right? In Mark 4:35-41, we find the disciples about to drown in a horrendous storm. Or rather, they feel that they are about to drown. Ever wonder if they stopped to think that the God of the Universe was in the boat with them and that the creation would not drown the Creator? Their feelings created their reality – and that was how they reacted. That’s how we react too.
Check out verse 38: “Don’t you care?” Sure He does. He called each by name and said, “Follow Me.” And He calls us too (Romans 8:28-30). He ordained each of our days before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16).
But sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, does it? Tears fall, fear rises, and panic explodes. What are we to do?
Commiserate with those who feel as we do? There is a place for that, to understand one another, to encourage one another. But the real purpose? To spur one another on to do something about the pain (Proverbs 27:17, James 1:21-25 and 4:17)
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). A simple command. Know: to know deeply. Meditate on it. Acknowledge it. Declare it. Over. And over. And over. And over. Again. And again. And again. And again.
Take every thought captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). The original Greek for taking your thoughts captive is two-fold. The first, hold your thoughts at spear-point. The second, be captivated by Christ – His Love for you. His Love has the power to change you, to change your human feelings.
“Be still and know that I am God.” A simple command. Know: to know deeply. Meditate on it. Acknowledge it. Declare it. Over. And over. And over. And over. Again. And again. And again. And again.
He will give you “beauty for ashes...that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).
From the Heart,
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