Present and Future

Read: Luke 8:22-25

It’s impossible to know what each person is experiencing in their lives each week. As we encounter people from day to day we need to remember this and be prepared to be the peace of God or share the peace of Christ that they might need in the midst of their storm. As we go through those times ourselves we must remember that our present difficulty might be leading to future blessings.

As we read the story of Jesus calming the storm for the disciples in Luke 8 I am reminded of the old story that is told of the shipwrecked man. After the shipwreck he is washed up on a small uninhabited island. He cried out to God to save him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed to come.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a rough hut and put his few possessions in it. But then one day, after hunting for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling to the sky. The worst had happened; he was stung with grief. Early the next day, though, a ship came near to the island and rescued him. “How did you know I was here?” he asked the crew. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

It’s never easy to go through a difficult time, but as we wake Jesus up in those times and place our faith and trust in him we can begin to see that our present difficulty may be instrumental to our future blessings. It may help us to grow, have more faith, and lean on Jesus more than we have been in the past.

When Jesus calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee he said to the disciples, “Where is your faith?” Perhaps that same question is posed to us this week? No matter what you face this week place your faith in Jesus and call on his time to get you through it. He is faithful and he will bring you peace and comfort as he helps the storm become a thing of your past.

Make it personal: When we face a storm in life we must first turn to prayer. Along with praying to God it is often helpful to confide in a trusted friend. God has given us each other to encourage us in our faith and bring those words of comfort and hope that we need to hear. Also think about who you can share those words with this week.

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church