“If we learn to sit still like a mountain in a hurricane, unprotected from the truth and vividness and the immediacy of simply being part of life, then we are not this separate being who has to have things turn out our way.
When we stop resisting and let the weather simply flow through us, we can live our lives completely. It is up to us.” (Comfortable with Uncertainty” by Pema Chodron)
When I read this section in Pema’s book, it reminded me of Jesus when he was sleeping in the boat with the disciples and a storm was raging and His disciples were frightened, waking Him up.
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Mathew 8:23-27)
Jesus was telling them in His manner; “Be Still and Know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10).
How many times can we all relate to this feeling of utter despair when we find ourselves thinking; how will we ever get through this situation? We often feel like this when our days seem uncertain, the path unclear, the way before us unknown.
Sometimes we feel like this when faced with the enormous needs in this life and all the various life challenges other people are facing. In our everyday living out this earthly pilgrimage and in encountering others along this journey, we look at what they are experiencing, and things can look impossible from our human limited understanding, which can feel daunting, overwhelming us.
Jesus gives us assurance, that He is the God who shows the way in all our troubles and trials, just as He was with the disciples in the midst of the stormy sea, so He is with us in all the challenges this life brings our way, no matter what we are experiencing, and no matter what others are experiencing.
” But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Mathew 6:33 NIV)
I must remember that God is all I need in every situation and circumstance and when my focus and attention is turned towards Him, everything else will fall into place in the natural wisdom and guidance His Spirit provides to me.
Our Father’s desire is for us to place our full trust, relying and depending on The Holy Spirit to give us wisdom, guiding and directing us in our own lives, but also as we help others in the midst of their storms.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV)
In my faith walk, it is my role to remain abiding in the Christ Spirit who is my light, my trusted source for all I could possibly need, want or desire in this life and it is His promise to shine His life in the midst of my circumstances, showing me His ways.
My role is to remain faithful in fellowshipping in this most holy of unions, continuing to move forward doing those things I know in my heart are right to do and be assured and confident that all the plans my God has in store for me will come to an expected end.
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 1:6 NIV)
As I draw near to my Lord and God, He has promised to draw near to me.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8 NIV)
Our Lord has promised to be with us Always, so all we have to do is to keep a steady focus in Him, centering our hearts in His love and He will lead us besides the still waters spoken about in Psalm 23.
It is when I learn to let go of the struggle of my situation and lean into surrendering it all to The Christ Spirit, I discover He ushers me into the sacred places of rest promised in scriptures.
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:5-8 NIV)
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister to the Body of Christ
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