Greedy Gratitude 30 Day Devotional

Day 6 - Shelter From The Storm

"As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 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?” 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?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!””

Mark 4:35-41 NLT

Storms. I’ve always dreamed of being a storm chaser. Ever since the movie “Twister” came out in the early 90’s, I have been captivated by the wind, the rain, the thunder and the lightning. I love to watch their approach from the horizon and then stand outside in the midst of them when they arrive. Most people aren’t as excited about storms as I am. I’m sure the disciples weren’t. I’ll agree, out on the water is no place to be when a storm arises and there is nothing more vulnerable than being tossed around out on the open water. Movies like “The Perfect Storm” depict perfectly how small we truly are in the midst of nature’s biggest moments. I can’t imagine how scared these disciples were. I mean, some of these guys were at one point fisherman by trade so they knew how the wind and waves work. Their panic must have been real when they woke Jesus from his sleep. 

Sometimes life’s storms can feel the same. We are so vulnerable at times to the open water called 'life'. Things can come up on the horizon of our daily lives that crash down on us without warning. Jesus warned that we would have trouble in this life. But take heart, he also promised that we would not only have the comfort of knowing Him through these emotional rainy moments but that we would have the presence of the Holy Spirit IN that storm. Yes... A shelter for us no matter what we face. 

I can’t imagine how people deal with some of the things they do without knowing the Savior. Just knowing I have the opportunity to reach out and cry out to Him and knowing that the Master of the Storms is already with me brings peace in the struggle. Have you ever taken a moment to stop and thank our God for relentlessly being with you through your roughest trials? Sometimes it seems we go from storm to storm without much pause in between and we cry out to God for assistance. But do we also offer up a prayer of THANKSGIVING to let Him know that we are grateful He is there? That is Extravagant Thanksgiving. A willingness to not only expect shelter from our God but to actually receive it. Take a moment to pause today and think about the latest, roughest most grave moment you have faced in the last year. Instead of pondering on the pain…lift up a heart full of Thanksgiving letting Jesus know that you are filled with gratitude that you weren’t alone. He promised to never leave you nor forsake you…and that is just what he did. Even if you feel like you had to wake him, like the disciples, there is no doubt that he was there. Loving you. Holding you. Commanding the winds and waves over you. 

ACTION STEP: Take a few moments to offer up a THANKSGIVING PRAYER to the Lord for carrying you through a recent storm. Then, find someone in your life that is going through a storm in this season. A family member. Co-worker. Someone in your church community. Send them a text or give them a call and lead out in a PRAYER asking God to bring them complete peace in the midst of their storm. Remember, when you GIVE you GROW.