Read: “When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Silence! Be still!’ Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, ‘Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” Mark 4:39-40
Have you ever wondered if Jesus worried? We know through scripture that He spent much of His time caring for the people He loved, meeting the needs of the broken and abandoned, and teaching His Father’s truth on a daily journey that He knew would lead to the cross. But whether He was facing a great storm or even death itself, nowhere in scripture do we find Him wrestling with worry.
What about us? On an easy day, we wake up with a laundry list of tasks to do before we get everyone out the door on time, our boss wants the report by the end of the day, our inlaws are coming and the toilet is broken. Not to mention when the curve balls come - unexpected medical news, one of our kids is struggling at school or our spouse gets laid off. When it feels like life is stacked against us before the day even begins, we wake up feeling exhausted. Do you relate? Are you tired? Are you worried?
When we feel like we don’t have the energy to make it through the day, when our to-do lists fill us with anxiety, when we get hit with something heavy and unexpected, how is it possible not to worry? Even with Jesus in the boat, the disciples feared for their life in the face of the storm. Why? Because just like us, they forgot that God is bigger than anything we face. The difference in our response and Jesus’ response is simple - it’s FAITH. Resting in the belief that God really does have a plan for us (fully enveloped in love) that is better than any plan we can imagine for ourselves. Do you believe that today?
Pray: God, today I’m worried about [name something that’s been worrying you.] I know I’ve spent too much of my time stressing about this, when I know I can turn it over to you. Please help me to let go of my anxiety, and remind me that you’ve got this. Help me find rest in you this week. In Jesus’ name, Amen.