“Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:41 (NKJV)
We awoke at 11:23 p.m. to gale-force winds slamming my husband’s side of the tent, pressing tent fabric to his nose. The bungee strings and tent pegs threatened to pull loose as we wondered if we would be blown across the field and highway.
Just two hours before the storm hit, we had said our good-nights to escape the mosquitoes and catch up on our sleep. It had been such a peaceful evening of roasting marshmallows and playing games by the campfire. Now as the tent quaked around us, we remember those items we had left on the picnic table. We peeked out of the tent and, sure enough, they were blowing away. Quickly we unzipped and scrambled to collect our things, stowing them in the car. Then back to the tent to hold it down and wait out the storm.
As I lay curled up in my sleeping bag, the wind continued to rage. All I could pray was, “Jesus, please calm the storm. Jesus, please calm the storm. Jesus, please calm the storm.” Over and over I reminded Him that even the wind and waves obey Him. I prayed for the group of bicyclists camping nearby, their bikes carefully covered with trash bags for the night, and their pup tents, like ours, rattling in the wind. Then I started praying for those friends who are having storms in their lives, their health, their marriages, their children. I kept on praying, “Jesus, please calm the storm.”
And after what seemed like hours, but was perhaps less than an hour, the wind died down and gentle rain drops pattered our tent. I fell asleep, waking five hours later to the light of dawn and birds chirping. Only two tent poles were broken! Thank You, Jesus, for calming the storm!!!
Today’s TEA CUPP: Read the story of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4:35-41. Ask Jesus to calm the storms in your life today. Say, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And let Jesus say to your storm, “Peace. Be still!” Trust Jesus through every storm.
The Lord on high is mightier
Than the noise of many waters,
Than the mighty waves of the sea. Psalm 93:4 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.