Devotion for Sunday, March 30th

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2014

Mark 4:35-41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, Let us go across to the other side. And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.  A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?  He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace! Be still! Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.  He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”  And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


Jesus calmed the storm and the nerves of all those on the boat.  He helped them realize that if they had faith, they would be safe in God’s care.

When I experience rough seas, do I lose faith?  When things do not go as I expect, do I become afraid?  Do I let my nerves and anxiety drive my behavior?  Do I think I need to be in control of all things, at all times?  For me, all too often the answer is yes!  I sometimes forget who is really in change.

Let go and Let God is a phrase that I often repeat when I feel anxious, feel like I am losing faith or feel like I need to be in control of something that I need to let go.   I remind myself to be at Peace!  Be Still! I know that God is with me, guiding me, protecting me and showing me the way.  I need not be afraid.

– Submitted by Loie Whitmer

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