Sleeping Through a Storm

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Life
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Recently, we have experienced an influx of various kinds of storms all over the United States and around the world. We’ve seen tornadoes ravage across portions of Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama. We’ve seen entire towns swallowed up in floods, and even this past week an earthquake hit just outside of Washington, DC that was felt across the Eastern seaboard from South Carolina to New York.

The latest major storm in the news is Hurricane Irene, a storm so powerful that it packed winds upward of 135 miles per hour! I paid particular attention to this storm because it’s path tracked directly through the islands of The Bahamas, the place of my birth, and where my parents and much of my family still live.

One thing that captured my attention the most throughout this ordeal was a text message I received from my father while they were experiencing the height of the storm. They had no electricity and were holed up inside the house, and his text simply read, “We’re riding out the storm. The winds are whipping at my door…I’m going back to sleep!”

It amazed me that despite the danger of the storm, my father had enough peace of mind to sleep right through it. This made me think of the many spiritual, emotional, and psychological storms we all face on a daily basis. We face financial storms, family storms, career storms, health storms, ministry storms, and we even sometimes have to deal with other people’s storms. Storms are a natural part of life.

In fact, life, in many ways, consists of a series of storms, and it is how we manage those storms that determines our success in life. Success is not determined by the ABSENCE of storms; it’s determined by how we ACT in our storms. My father chose to sleep through his storm. This reminded me of another Person who decided to do the same.

Mark 4:35-41 records the story of Jesus and His disciples going through a storm. This alone is comforting to me because it lets me know that even Jesus had to go through a storm. In fact, He continues to go through storms everyday because He promised to be with us when we go through our storms.

 It’s interesting to note that Jesus didn’t PANIC through His storm; He had PEACE through His storm. So much peace that He decided to sleep through the storm. What gave Jesus the kind of peace that allowed Him to sleep through His storm? And, more importantly, what can we learn from Him to help us sleep through the storms in our lives? I believe that there are three primary principles that gave Jesus the peace to sleep through His storm that we can apply to our lives to have the peace to sleep through our storms.

Jesus knew the purpose of His journey.

When Jesus got in the boat He said, “Let us cross over to the other side” (v. 35). In other words, He knew that the purpose of His journey was to get to the other side. No storm could stop His purpose. He knew what would happen at the END of the storm…so he could sleep through the MIDDLE of it. Just as it’s easy to sleep through a movie if you already know the ending, we can sleep through the storms in our life when we understand our purpose and know where we’re going to end up. Your storm cannot preempt your purpose!

Jesus was prepared for the storm.

When the storm came, Jesus’ disciples panicked. All the while, Jesus was at the back of the ship, asleep on a pillow. Now, the Sea of Galilee, where they were sailing, is prone to sudden and violent storms. Jesus knew that a storm was a distinct possibility – yet He packed a pillow! He came PREPARED to sleep! He had premeditated peace. Even though He knew a storm was coming, He made up His mind that the storm would not affect his peace. Likewise, we know that storms are a part of life, but we must not allow those storms to rob us of our peace of mind. We must have premeditated peace!

Jesus knew that He was more powerful than the storm.

The ultimate reason, I believe, that Jesus could sleep through the storm is that He knew that at any moment He could wake up and say, “Peace, be still!” (v. 39). He possessed the power to speak to the storm. We also must realize that we have that same power! Jesus said that whoever believes on Him shall have the power to do “greater works” (John 14:12). You are more powerful than your storm. Death and life are in the power of your tongue (Prov. 18:21). Use that power to show your storm who’s boss. Speak to the storms in your marriage, your family, your career, and your church, and tell them, “Peace, be still!”

You have the power to SPEAK to your storms, and that ought to give you the peace to SLEEP through your storms.

  1. thepurebed says:

    Awesome! I would also offer that we should have peace and stillness within US despite the atmospheric disturbances without US.

    Good stuff!

  2. Wangu says:

    I enjoyed reading this article. Thank you.

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