Matthew – Fulfilled
The Oklahoma winds were beating against the house one night. The wind was howling and blowing so hard that it woke up a little girl living there. She stumbled through the dark to her parent’s bedroom. She woke up her daddy to tell him about the wind. Her daddy, a hard working man who cherished his sleep, rose half awake. He opened his eyes and said, “Honey, it’s okay. The wind might be blowing but the air is still there.” Confused enough to be less scared, the little girl went back to sleep. She trusted her daddy even though she didn’t understand what he just said.
This is a true story. This was Randy’s dad. The little girl was his sister. The half awake man never remembered saying what he did. This has been an inside family joke for years…and still is. What is good to understand about this story is the trust my sister in law had in her daddy. Even when she didn’t understand, she was calmed in the storm. Mm.
Jesus, exhausted from doing the will of the Father who sent Him, is sound asleep in the back of a boat on the sea. His disciples, drawn to follow this man, are with him. Some are fishermen, so they know the sea well. They know the danger when the wind kicks up waves they cannot handle. But do they really know the man they are following? How much faith and trust do they have in Him? How quickly do we obey his commands when he speaks to us?
Matthew 8, The Message
23-25 Then he got in the boat, his disciples with him. The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat—and he was sound asleep! They roused him, pleading, “Master, save us! We’re going down!”
26 Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass.
27 The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!”
WHO do we think WE are following? We are following The Creator of all, the God of the Universe, the Savior of the World, Our Guide, Protector, Provider, Sustainer, Healer, Our Hope and Deliverer. We call Him Father. He calls us his children. We call Him, Lord of all, over all and in all and listen to Him. There is NO ONE like our God. There is NOTHING too hard for our God! That is WHO this is and that is WHO we are following! “What’s going on here?” JESUS!
Dear Heavenly Father, Hallowed be Your Name! Blessed be Your Name. We praise You and lean into the knowledge of You. We trust in You alone. Thank you for reminding us that You are Creator and You compassionately care for Your created! Help us, Holy Spirit to think on this all day long and into the night. May we obey your commands as quickly as the wind and the sea!
In Jesus Name, Amen