Photo and Commentary ©2022 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

I don’t know about you, but there is a lot going on. When I see a lot going on, I mean all the things that are happening in our lives and (in some cases) keeping us up at night. Can you relate to this? If not, good for you and please share your secrets with the rest of us. If, however, you can relate and there are things happening in your life that have you a bit stressed or anxious – I have some good news. First, let’s read in the book of Matthew about a time when Jesus and the disciples were caught in a bit of a storm. If you remember the story, the disciples were more than anxious – they were quite worried the situation they were in wasn’t going to end well.

Matthew 8:25 & 26 (NKJV):

“Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”.

The end of this verse is my favorite part – “….and there was a great calm.”. OK, anyone want to take a guess at what that ‘good news’ I referenced earlier is? Yes, it’s ‘great calm’. Think about it. In this particular situation, the disciples were so terrified of the storm that was happening around them, they thought they were going to die. Yet, on their boat, was the Son of God. I believe this was Jesus’ point. Jesus thought it was odd they wouldn’t believe or even think He could save them. Now, think of your situation, your anxiousness, your stress. Jesus is right there, sitting in the exact same boat as you are. He is ready to CALM the waters. He is ready to take away the anxiousness, the stress and take control of your situation.

How about that good news? Pretty amazing for sure. If you agree, let’s keep each other accountable. The next time you find yourself slipping towards anxiousness, stressfulness or a bit out of control for any reason, know you have the One True God with you, ready to give you the calming effect you need.

This particular image of a ‘stormy sea’ was captured in Peggy’s Cove, about 25 miles southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.