Wind and Waves

I listened to a sermon this evening about Jesus calming the wind and waves.

Recently, I heard a song that spoke of how the wind and waves “still know His Name.”

Jesus can control every storm.

Nothing is too difficult for Him.

Dangerous is a word that applies to what could harm us.

There is nothing dangerous to Jesus…

 

One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out.  As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.

 The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.  Then He asked them, “Where is your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When He gives a command, even the wind and waves obey Him!”

—Luke 8:22-25

 

 

 

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Hushed

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

—Psalm 107:29

 

Storms can be big.

Things get torn up.

Ruined.

Blown away.

Flooded.

Waves can be giant.

Overwhelming.

Relentless.

God can make a storm be still.

He can hush any wave.

What storms are you facing today?

God is bigger than the storm.

 

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My Hands Have Made

This is what the Lord says:
“Heaven is My throne,

    and the earth is My footstool.

Could you build Me a temple as good as that?

    Could you build Me such a resting place?

My hands have made both heaven and earth;

    they and everything in them are mine.

    I, the Lord, have spoken!

“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts,

    who tremble at My word.

—Isaiah 66:1-2

Walking along the beach, I am struck many times by the magnificence of the patterns in the sand created by the tide. 

As the water approaches and then recedes, it forms a mathematical pattern of its own atop the sculpted sand. 

Contemplating its beauty and perfection, I am drawn to watch its continuous rhythm. 

God has made Heaven and Earth. He made the water and commanded it to create waves. He made the sand and commanded it to rest in patterns. 

Our God is an awesome God!

Recounted in Order

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The water from the ocean crawls relentlessly up onshore, traveling with intensity and force.

In a moment, as though it had specific orders to do so, it stops–and returns to the vast sea from which it came, leaving behind evidence of its short presence there.

Often, ripples form in the sand.

Intriguing and magnificent, mathematical and perfect; ordered, yet chaotic.

If I could take a photograph of the shore just after the recession of a wave and then measure each ripple with great accuracy, what would I find?

The numbers would certainly show God’s design–a picture of His Divine calculation.

The sand between my toes, the feel of the ripples left behind.

The sensation of cool water passing over my feet.

These are grand testimonies of the power and creativity of the Maker of the universe.

Many, O LORD my God, are your wonderful works which you have done, and your thoughts which are toward us: they cannot be recounted in order unto you: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

–Psalm 40:5

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Roar and Foam

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The water crashed against the large rocks over and over.

White foam accompanied each surge.

The ocean reminds me of God’s power.

The vastness of the sea and the unrelenting motion of the waves.

No matter what happens in our lives, as His children, the Lord Almighty is with us.

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God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
 God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

—Psalm 46:1-7

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Full of Unfailing Love

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O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
    so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

—Psalm 86:5

I don’t know how to glide over the waves on a surf board.

For some reason, when I see someone gracefully traveling along with a giant wall of water, I want to watch.

They must not be afraid to venture out far from the shore or they wouldn’t keep at it time and again.

The life guard is there, sitting atop the tall stand, ready to rescue.

That must surely be a comfort.

Even when they are just sitting on the board or swimming along beside it, there is certainly some trust of available help, should they need it.

There is a popular Christian song that speaks of such a situation, yet in a spiritual sense.

Here is a portion of the lyrics:

And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me

Your love never fails

The wind is strong and the water’s deep
But I’m not alone in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

Even when we are out in the “open seas” of life, caught in strong wind and deep water, God is with us.

We are never alone.

God’s love is unfailing.

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Forgiveness

When we show love to others, something happens. A bridge to a wounded heart begins to form. A passageway that was previously non-existent is now a possibility to consider. A broken spirit begins to mend. The flower of forgiveness starts to bloom where once there were only weeds. The debris on the edge of the shoreline is washed away, leaving smooth sand that beckons our feet to travel the uncharted distance into another’s life.

 

 

November 19, 2007