Recently I heard a familiar Bible story . . . .
As I was driving with my kids, a pastor on the radio was reading from Mark 4:35-41. It was the story of when Jesus calmed the storm—a story I have known since I was little, yet the way it hit me this particular day was new.
“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But He (Jesus) was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they (the disciples) woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’” Mark 4:37, 38
Oh, silly disciples, don’t you know you have the Creator of the universe in the boat with you? Why are you worried? Haven’t you seen what Jesus can do? Do you really think He is going to let you drown? These were the kind of thoughts I normally had when reading this story.
But not this day. Instead, my mind flashed back to this fall when I was feeling overwhelmed. Life, kids, homeschooling, preparing for missions, keeping house, health issues, just to name a few! So many times this fall I prayed, telling the LORD I felt like I was drowning, that life was swallowing me up. In essence, I was saying exactly what the disciples were saying, “LORD, do you not care that I am perishing?”
Had I forgotten the LORD was in the boat with me? Did I think God wasn’t noticing all that was on my plate? Did I think God was leaving it all up to me to handle on my own? Oh silly me! I was so overwhelmed by life, that I had forgotten Who was in the boat with me. The same One who “knitted me together in my mother’s womb” also knows “when I sit and when I rise up.” The same One who saved me from my sin through His cleansing blood, also tells me to “cast all my anxieties upon Him because He cares for me.”
While life has not changed much over the past few months, and the list of things “to do” has not really shrunk, I have been reminded that I serve a God Who cares for me, and has not left me on my own to tackle life. Jesus cares for me- He is not just sleeping in the stern, oblivious to life’s storms. Not only does He care, but He even invites me and those of us overwhelmed by life’s demands, to “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Instead of drowning, today, I choose to come to Jesus . . . after all, He is in the boat with me.
Danielle Chaney is married to Nathan, and they have three sons. She grew up at The Chapel, and after graduating from Cedarville University, she interned with Campus Focus. Danielle taught Bible and PE at a Christian school, then she and her husband worked at a Christian camp. With a God-given heart for least-reached people, Danielle and Nathan are appointees of Christar, preparing to serve as church planters in Albania.
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