The Calming of the Storm

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side. He dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up to the mountain by himself to pray. (Matthew 14:22,23)

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said come, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the son of God.” (Matthew 14:28-33)


As Vikki returns from her Sabbatical this week and I prepare to leave for mine, I reflect on both of these passages. They remind me of the importance of Sabbath time.

In Matthew 14:22,23, Jesus is grieving the loss of his friend, John the Baptist. He is tired and needs some time alone with God. He ministered to the crowds and also to his disciples. He took care of the crowds so he could send the disciples away ahead of him and then went away to enter into his time of prayer alone. In Matthew 14:28-33 the storms were strong. Jesus calms the storm, much to the surprise of Peter and all that were worshiping in the boat.

Our world is hectic - cell phones, computers, lots of people everywhere and storms rocking our boat every day.

 God has created us in a way that we need one another.  Yet he also calls us to get away for peace and solitude. All of us have been in storms. How do you calm the storms in your life? Do you let the water rise above your head or do you take the time to be transformed one on one with God so that you might be spiritually centered and stronger when the storms come again?


We welcome back Vikki this weekend as she shares her thoughts about her time away. These weeks in Sabbath were well deserved, and I pray she has experienced a time of reflection and spiritual growth as well as a time to reconnect with herself and her family.


Friday I begin my Sabbatical. I give thanks for this blessing of my time away during my most favorite season of the year. I look forward to my God time at the beach, the mountains, long walks and time with family and friends.

Cell phones, computers, people and storms will always surround you. Retreat to that place that connects you to God. The place that takes you away from the busy world. The place that helps to restore you in times of troubled storms. Let’s all get out of the boat with Jesus’ help and not be afraid of the wind or the waves, remembering that God is our calming peace.


Blessings,

Claudia



2 comments (Add your own)

1. Zach H wrote:
Great devotion Claudia. Enjoy your time off.

Thu, July 9, 2009 @ 1:16 PM

2. Steve Koerwitz wrote:
Claudia,

In a world that seems to be moving too fast, it is easy to get caught up. Hectic lifestyles seem to be today's norm. We tend to ignore all of life's STOP signs, and do so at our peril.

We owe both you and Vikki thanks for your reflections on honoring the value of Sabbath life.

Rest
Restore
Recreate
Reinvigorate
Revitalize
Renew
Reflect
(lots of good R words)

Resurrection
(the best R word)

Enjoy your God time Claudia

Fri, July 17, 2009 @ 2:27 PM

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