Photo and Commentary ©2017 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Outside my office window, last week, I saw an interesting sight. Here was a squirrel, fast asleep (it moved later, so I know it was just asleep and not expired) on the branch, in the sunshine. Now, I know squirrels live in trees, but I had never been witness to their sleeping patterns. It was early morning, he/she climbed out onto this branch and found a spot where it could find the warmth of the sunrise and caught a few z’s. Down below the tree, various yardwork was being done. Right beside the tree, the road was a blur of cars zipping by. Through all this, the squirrel slept contently and oblivious to the noises and happenings around them.
In Matthew 8, we can see the disciples in their boat with Jesus. Above deck the winds pick up, the waves grow with intensity – a storm is brewing. Below deck, Jesus finds a place to rest His head for a while. Back on the deck, the storm has grown furious, tossing the boat around – waves slapping the sides and sloshing onto the boat. Still, Jesus sleeps through the noise and commotion. The disciples rush to awake Jesus, (v. 25) “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”. Jesus wakes up and says, (v. 26), “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” He raised His hands, told the winds and waves to calm, and they did.
How do we get to that place, the place where we can calmly move through life? Where we can rest our eyes and find peace, amidst chaos. I know it’s easier said than done, but I know where we HAVE to start. It all starts with our faith in God. The faith that God is there for us, whatever we are going through. God is the one that gives us that calmness – so we can be more like the squirrel in the tree – sleeping peacefully, while all around it’s not calm at all. Take that first step and reach out to God, asking for the peace you need, the peace we all need.