This past week has been one for the books for me. After coming home to a flooded bathroom that resulted in two flooded bedrooms and a hallway my insurance company sent a mitigation company to our home. When they entered our home I heard what they said, I just didn’t know what they meant. He told me that they had to run heated fans nonstop for consecutive days until everything was dry. You know that blank stare emoticon in your phone? Yeah, that was me.
So the company marched in 4 fans and two humidifiers that ran constantly for 5 consecutive days. My nerves started to take a hit. I like white noise but six machines at one time? By the fourth night I decided to take my sanity back. After not sleeping in my bedroom for 3 nights, I said enough is enough. I told the fans, “I’m going to sleep in here tonight and I’m going to sleep well.” Guess what? It worked.
At some point last night I texted a friend and told her, “I’m sleeping in the wind tunnel.”
I’m here to let someone know this morning, “The Wind Will Calm Down”.
In Mark 4:38 -41
“Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
The first thing I want to bring out about this text is verse 38. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. While everyone else was running around the boat worrying about the storm. Jesus was sleep. Not only was he sleep, but he was asleep on a cushion. Jesus was sleeping well.
After the disciples woke him up, he got up rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quite! Be still!” The next thing that I want to bring up is that the only reason Jesus woke up was because someone woke him up. The wind and the waves were a nonfactor to him. After Jesus spoke to the wind, it died down and it was completely calm. Then Jesus turned to His disciples and asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The King James Version Matthew 8:26 reads, “O ye of little faith.”
Do you have the faith of Jesus to sleep during the blowing winds and the crashing waves? Are you able to rest peacefully knowing that if Jesus can sleep through a storm you can too?
During yesterday’s sermon Pastor Mike told us that radical living requires radical faith. Are you ready to stretch your faith to the point of being able to rest on a cushion while riding through the storm?
In 1991 Yolanda Adams released her 2nd studio album, “Through The Storm” one of my favorite lines in the song is; I have no fear of the raging seas, knowing Jesus will forever be right here with me. He can speak to wind, to my enemies and to waves and He’ll make them all behave.
You too have the power to speak to your storm. Tell your storm, “ You are not on my list of things to deal with today.” I’m a King’s child and I have stuff to do. Though wait a minute, let me tell you what I have learned. Storms generally come in my life when I have great things to do in life. If you take a look over your life, it may be the same for you. Storm come to stop us, to discourage us from doing those things that we are destined to accomplish.
Because God has given us so much. He requires much more. So even in your storm don’t stop praising God, studying His word and worshipping Him. Your responsibility is not only great but it impacts other people. Imagine if you have a task to do and the storm comes and you get discouraged, what you don’t know is the impact it has on people when you don’t do what God has called you to do.
The next time adversity rises speak to it. Tell it to move. Tell it there’s no room for it here because I have Kingdom business to accomplish.
Mark 11:23-24 KJV Reads…
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
As I reflect on the fact that I slept well after speaking to my situation, I now realize that it could have been that way for the entire week. The power was in my speaking to my situation. I encourage you this morning to not let another day go by without you speaking to your situation. The wind will calm down. You can quiet the winds and the waves completely but you can also go to sleep on the cushion and ride the storm out because Jesus knew that trouble doesn’t last always. Let’s pray.