We have yet to be able to control the weather. We can predict when a storm will come, but altering the course of the natural world is beyond our comprehension. As with all things we don’t understand, it somehow becomes part of “Mother Nature’s” realm. We forget who really controls all things.
We come up against many storms in life. Have you ever lost a job? Have you been told you have a terminal disease? Does the state of affairs in our country grab you by the bootstraps and cause deep depression? Can you get through another day without shedding a tear? Do your tears turn into torrents, leaving you hopelessly lost?
The only human being who ever controlled the wind was Jesus. He spread out His hand and calmed the swirling air currents and thus the tumultuous sea. That wasn’t an illusion or some magic trick. It happened. It is written about in the gospel as a lesson for all mankind – one which would show us that Jesus is not merely human, but also God. I know the Bible is God’s truth. He doesn’t lie.
When there are storms in life – when the turbulence knocks the wind out of our sails, when our breath dissipates in the eye of it – when there is no where to go – some may eventually surrender to God’s will. We pray. We ask for intervention. We wait and wait and wait for answers, but they don’t come as quickly as we’d like. Our faith weakens, but our inner voice tells us that God has a handle on all our life experiences. That tiny voice of conscience reminds us of the unconditional relationship we have with our Creator.
When we’re forced up against a wall, we call on our Savior. It isn’t a matter of giving up. Surrender means more than that. We’re putting our complete trust in One who can calm the winds.
Dear, Heavenly Father, we come to you for guidance. Our world faces the winds of disharmony, hatred, fear and division. You have proven your power to us through the forces of nature. Still many of us cannot accept your majesty. What they can’t see, doesn’t exist. You reveal yourself through the weather. You show us your face in the eye of a storm. We ask that you watch over our country. Be with our president as he faces difficult criticism. Be with our lawmakers as they try to sort through legislature regarding immigration. Our nation seems to have deserted you in the last few years. Many don’t believe in you. They laugh at those who do. Please, work in their hearts. Let your Holy Spirit inspire us as a nation. Bring us together and unite us. In Jesus name we ask. Amen!