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Wave After Wave

But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Mark 4:37

After Jesus had been teaching all day to the crowds of people He grew tired. Verse 36 says, As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." We are all excited to see what is on the other side. Especially when God has already shown us the blessings we will receive when we reach this new point in our lives. It won't be an easy trip though because God will often teach us a lesson along the way. There is always a process that we need to go through before reaching the other side.

But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting. "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to drown?" We are just like the disciples questioning if God cares when we think we are drowning. We are always going to face storms throughout our lifetime. There are also times when we get hit with fierce storms one wave after another and the strong winds are blowing us all over the place. We are sinking fast and drowning. Being afraid of the outcome and tired from exhaustion we cry out to God saying things like: God where are you? Hello, do you hear me? Why is this happening? Do you even care? When we need you the most, are you going to keep ignoring us? I believe He was setting an example for us to follow during the fierce storm. He was already tired and knew He needed sleep. There was no reason to be afraid because everything was under God's control. Jesus placed all His trust, confidence, and hope in His Father. He also believed that the very power of God was in him.

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Silence! Be still!" Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith? (vs. 39-40)

We allow ourselves to be overtaken by the storm at times and show a lack of faith when we question God. This is usually because He doesn't answer us in the way or timing that we want Him to. Who are we to question God? It seems like He isn't listening, but we all know that He hears us. What we need to realize is God doesn't always answer in the way we want because He sees the bigger picture. God answers according to His will.

I want you to think about something the next time you get hit with a wave after wave. Yes, these waves take us under momentarily and pull us out into the deep waters. Have you ever thought about why? God doesn't want us to stand around in the shallow water. This is a place of comfort and complacency. He created us to swim in the deep. This is the place where our test turns into a testimony. This is where we learn that by every storm we go through we will be able to help others when they are going through a storm. God is taking us from a place of little faith to a place of greater faith.

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