Mark 4: 35-40 (NIV):
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
The picture above is from Back River in Brunswick, GA, where I grew up. In fact, my home was just down a creek in the far, upper right hand of the photo where you see the antenna. I used to love when the river was completely calm and still. I spent many days skiing, tubing, and zip sledding on this river.
This week, the Lord has reminded me that I need to be still before Him. He is God, and He is certainly in control of all things (Colossians 1:17). Sometimes, life gets really busy and my thoughts go spinning. I was convicted that I just need to be still before Him. My prayers are often focused on praying for others, and sometimes I just don’t take the time to be still before Him and give Him the reverence He deserves. Habakkuk 2:20 (NIV) states, “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” The fact that I can even pray to such a holy God amazes me each day. I think I’ll sit still in His presence a little more often! Join me?