Even the Winds and Seas…

I’ll be the first to admit it… my faith gets pretty small sometimes. There are days when I feel like my problems are just too big for me to deal with while at the same time being too small and insignificant for God to notice. I don’t know when I bought into a theology that claims God is too busy controlling the cosmos to care about my heart, but it’s one of the worst lies of Satan. God DOES care about my heart and yours too! Like a good and loving Father, He cares about the safety and well-being of His children. I have so much anecdotal evidence for this, but I feel like the best example of God caring for the little things can be found in Matthew 8.

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:24-27)

Now we know that many of those disciples were fishermen. They had been out on the water frequently for many years of their lives. You’d think a storm would be no problem for them. A little inconvenient, a little scary, but they’d pull through. But in their distress they called out that they were perishing. I too am a very dramatic person with a big need for Jesus to do something miraculous. There have been times that I call out to him that I just want to die and can’t face the troubles that are in front of me. But God cares and He doesn’t leave me floundering in a storm-tossed boat. In the moments of our distress, He gives us the balm we need.

No problem of ours is too insignificant for God. We should never feel afraid to go to Him in prayer and pour out our hearts and fears. The God who didn’t hesitate to send His own Son to die in your place will surely give you the grace and strength to go through life. Whether it’s controlling the storms outside or calming the storms in your heart, we serve a God who works miracles. There are days when my faith may be small, but I serve a big God.

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