I thoroughly enjoy my moments of quiet and relaxation. That typically happens before my family is awake or out on a country road riding my bicycle. Lately, life has traveled far from tranquility. It’s loud, stormy, and, stressful. In about every arena that I am involved – it feels like a storm is brewing.
For example, while retrieving one of our cars, after being in a wreck this week – the van I have been driving shuts down on the way home. Now it sits in a parking lot as I try and figure out my next step with it. As for the car, it will probably end up getting crushed later this week for scrap metal.
Yesterday I took a vacation day from work and went on a field trip with my daughters kindergarten class. It was a fun time to watch my daughter interact with her friends. I don’t see how the teachers do this day after day. Leading little minds to learn, respect, behave, and to enjoy life. One parent said to me, “I don’t see how they (teachers) do it. They kept up with all of these kids today.” I’d like to add that the children were well behaved. I know the teachers were tired from their little outing but they still had a smile!
Reading in Luke 8:22-15 this morning. I have re-read this passage several times this week as I continue my trek through the New Testament. A couple of things stand out to me. Nothing new. But in the midst of the current circumstances these verses seem to hit home.
The disciples are with Jesus in a boat. Jesus is sleeping. There is a storm on the lake and the disciples are scared and have begun to panic. Now, some of these guys are very familiar with boats and being on the water, as they were fishermen by trade. I am sure they are very familiar with storms on the water as well. But for some reason this storm was nothing like they had experienced before. They were afraid for their lives,
They awaken Jesus for help, “Master we are going to drown!” The Message says, “Getting to his feet, he [Jesus] told the wind, ‘Silence!’ and the waves, ‘Quiet down!’ They did it. The lake became smooth as glass.”
The sentence that leaves me asking more questions is Jesus’ question back to his disciples. “Why can’t you trust me?”
Makes me think of a moment this week where things seemed to be crashing in on me and I wondered if God even liked me anymore. I began to question if he was going to let me perish in the midst of my own personal turmoil.
As I read this again, I hear him ask, “Why can’t you trust me?”
Yes. It’s very noisy right now. And he is here. I know it. I need to learn in this experience of life and to respect, behave, and enjoy life.