Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mark 4:39 -- On Faith and Storms

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."
Mark 4:39

It is amazing that God can command the wind and the sea to obey him, and they do.  That's off the charts on the in-tune with nature scale.  How could that possibly work?--It seems like all of creation has to be tied together somehow, and malleable in a different way than we usually imagine.  It makes me think a little of the way the city of Enoch was and the Millennial Zion will be... the people are united and of one heart and mind.  In a society based on God's laws and striving to become like him, maybe we would also be able to find unity with the world around us as well.  Christ learned to walk on water, and here to control the weather.  It's incredible... something we can't fully understand, but something that we know God can do.  How much more could we do... how much more could we *be* if we believed and had faith?  Can we shake off the limitations that we are taught by the world, and realize that with faith and obedience, we can weather every storm, and solve *every* problem that comes along?  That we can change from who we are into who we want to be... and even more than that, who God knows we can be?
I know that God can calm the figurative storms in our individual lives just as he calmed the literal storm for his disciples.  Today, let's work on learning to trust God, and have faith in his ability to save us, and to help us start learning how to live by the spirit, in tune with other people, with nature, and with God.

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