“God is Like…”

This Weeks Meditation: “God is like…”
Read: Mark 4:35-41

This week my wife Rhonda and I have been leading the Junior High Bible School group on various adventures around the Arthur area. These adventures always have to do with our scripture lesson for the day. We were pleasantly surprised that the 15 passenger church van was not large enough to haul all the kids, so we had to incorportate a few extra vehicles for transportation.

We are talking each day about different “Pictures of God.” One day we talked about how God is a servant (we went to the Arthur Home to serve) and we see that in the life of Jesus his Son. One day we talked about how God is our guide (we went to Brad O Clen campsite and walked the trails) and can lead us down the right paths.

The first day we looked at this passage from Mark 4 where Jesus calms the storm. That day we talked about the many instances in the Bible where water is present. Jesus calmed the storm, he called his disciples to be fishers of people, he walked on the water, and the kids mentioned many more.

The theme that day was that God is like a Lifegaurd. We talked about how he protects us, and saves us. I shared with them a story about my father in which he recently recounted for me. When he was young (11) his family was visiting the Atlantic ocean and he was playing out in the water when a rip tide pulled him out further than he could touch.

He didn’t know how to swim and began to yell for help, much like the disciples might have done in the storm on the sea of Galilee. Fortunately some people near by, along with his father, were able to save him from drowning.

In our lives we often face storms or rip tides that come along, but do we think about God being there to save us? Do we call out to him for help and turn to him in prayer and submission? Just like a lifegaurd is always watching those swimming, God is watching over us. He is ready and able to rescue us from whatever storm life seems to send.

Don’t you want to hear the words of verse 39 proclaimed in your life, in your storm? “Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39)

Make it personal: What is your storm right now? Name it and take it to God. He wants to save you and bring quietness and stillness to your life and that situation. In this world we will have trouble, but Jesus has overcome the world! Praise the Lord!

Have a wonderful week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church