They held on for dear life as the waves buffeted the boat relentlessly. Tired and battered, they panicked. With every surge of the towering waves, they cried out in fear. As their strength slowly left them, they turned to Him who had always given them that jolt of power that they needed. But what they saw disturbingly baffled them. In the midst of the storm, he was dozing…
How could Jesus sleep in the midst of the storm? How could He take a nap in that horrendous squall?
I guess the simplest answer is this: Jesus knew the key to being “at peace” in the midst of the storm.
Intimacy with God.
Jesus had an incomparable depth of intimacy with His Father. His prayer life was excellent; His immersion in scriptures unparalleled; His holiness unmatched. No wonder He can sleep in the midst of the storm.
All of us want to be “at peace” in life. And we pray that God will change our circumstances…
For God to heal our illness.
For God to mend our relationship.
For God to remove our boss.
For God to give us that job.
But I tell you, my friend, even if God will do all these things for you, if you do not have an intimate relationship with Him through a deep and consistent prayer life, you will remain anxious and fearful. To be at peace, the key is usually not to change your external circumstances in life but to change your internal life in order to change your circumstances.
The Bible says:
“…‘Blessed is anyone who trusts in Yahweh, with Yahweh to rely on. Such a person is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it has nothing to fear, its foliage stays green; untroubled in a year of drought, it never stops bearing fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
Today, decide to make changes in your internal life by prioritizing the deepening of your relationship with God.
This is the only way that you can sleep in the midst of any storm.
I remain in Christ,