Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. (2 Kings 6:15)
Elisha’s attendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots to capture Elisha. Although the king of Syria made multiple attempts to invade Israel, Israel was always one step ahead of him and his army, and he failed for all the attempts. The Syrian king thought that there was a traitor, but he realized that it was Elisha who warned the king of Israel ahead of his troop movement, because God was with Elisha. One day, the Syrian king was told that Elisha was in Dothan. He set out, and surrounded the city. The Elisha’s attendant found the city was completely surrounded by the Syrian army. As all rational human beings would do, he shouted to Elisha “Oh, no, my master! what will we do?”
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Mathew 8:23-25)
Jesus’ disciples followed Jesus, and saw many miracles performed by Jesus. In Matthew 8, Jesus cleansed a Leper by touching him, who was asking “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” (Mat 8:3) Jesus also healed the Centurion’s Servant. Even He did not go where the servant lying paralyze in terrible anguish, and healed the servant by just telling “Go, just as you believed, it will be done for you.” (Mat 8:13) They saw these miracles, and those faithful people: the leaper with a real humble and contrite heart and the centurion with the faith that even Jesus was amazed and said “I tell you the truth, I have not found such faith in anyone in Israel” (Mat 10:8 ) The Centurion confessed “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Mat 8:8-9) Then the disciples followed Jesus as usually they did, and got on a boat to cross the lake.
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, and the waves swept over the boat. They made every effort to overcome the storm using all of their skills and knowledge gained through their years of experience as fishermen. However, the storm was more than they could handle. The waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped (Mark 4:37, and Jesus was sleeping in the stern. The disciple, who exhausted all that they have, went up to Jesus and woke Him, and saying “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown.”
Are the above stories familiar? Sometimes, we find ourselves surrounded by enemies who want to harm us, or we are still in a devastating situation even though we have done everything that we can do. Then what can we should do?
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 King 6:16-17)
The attendant came to Elisha, and Elisha first responded to him “Don’t be afraid.” Then he prayed to God, which made the attendant’s eyes open. He was able to see the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around! How majestic scene it was. God’s Army outnumbered and completely surrounded the Syrian army.
He [Jesus] replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. (Matthews 8:26)
To the terrified disciples, Jesus responded “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” The disciples followed Jesus, and saw many miracles performed by Jesus, but they were still of little faith. After trying all that they could do, they realized that all that they had (skills, years of experience, and knowledge) were useless before the storm. They became desperate. Then they realized that one hope that they had was Jesus. They might have recall the miracles performed by Jesus before getting on the boat. Without knowing what would really happen, they blindly came to Jesus and asked His help. Upon hearing their plea, he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves. The stormy sea immediately obeyed, and it became completely calm. Jesus heard their plea, not because of their great faith, but he saw their helplessness because they had already done everything that they could do to get out of the storm. Jesus, with full of mercy, heard their plea, and answered in a way that they could have never imagine or expect. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Mat 8:27). They could not believe what was happening before their eyes, and they started to see who the Jesus really was. After all, the storm was a really blessing that specifically provided by God for the disciples. Through the storm, the disciples were made humble by seeing how much powerless they were. However, when they cried out to Jesus with humility, they experience the mighty the power of Jesus. Out of the interaction with Jesus, they could understand Jesus more deeply.
Give thanks to God! It really does not take a lot of faith to experience Jesus and His healing and comforting power. Jesus loves our humble and contrite heart. In fact, Jesus is always waiting for us with loving and open arms. However, our eyes tend to get blind by what we have and what we see because these fool us by making us believing them rather than Jesus. Unfortunately, only when we meet a storm of life, we see our pitiful pride, and finally we become humble, How stupid we are! On the other hand, our Lord, Jesus, eagerly waits for us be broken and humble. Only when we are broken and helpless, Jesus can get into our lives, and rescue us from our storm of life. Thus, when we get into a storm of life, don’t avoid it or pretend that it does not exist, but immediately think about the Jesus who calm the storm with one word upon the plea of His disciples. Come to Jesus, and experience the power and peace of Jesus, which nobody on earth can give. Be authentic and honest to Jesus, and tell about everything in our heart, and details about the problems that we confront like as we talk to our close friend. He will carefully listen to our prayer word by word. Then He will stand up and calm down the storm in our life. He will also pour Holy Spirit in our heart, and give true peace, which nobody can grasp in any humanly means on earth. This is the secret that Jesus has promised to us.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mathew 11:28-30)
Praise the Lord, who are full of mercy and love! Sing to the Lord, who answers our prayer of little faith! Give the praise to the Lord, who is one and only one merciful God. We will found true peace in Him even in the middle of a storm in life. Let’s pray before God to increase our faith. In Him, we will be secure and even grow deeper into Him rather than being tossed by winds and waves in mist of a storm of life. This is the mystery and blessing of a storm of life.