Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When the disciples awakened Jesus from a sound sleep in the bow of their boat, he chastised them –not because they had awakened him, but because they were panicking. Had the disciples called out to Jesus before their boat was being swamped, when the storm first arose, “Teacher, help us! Calm the storm!”, the results would have been different. The storm would similarly have been calmed immediately, it is true, but Jesus would have not had had to discipline his followers and they would have saved themselves the wear and tear of frenzied actions and blaming (God) for their troubles: “Don’t you care that we (I) am perishing?” When I face the storms of my life -obligations, legal proceedings, or heavy responsibilities of several kinds – will I let the breakers of panic overtake me and lash out in blame, or will I early-on go to Christ Jesus, and ask him to calm the winds of change and waves of stress that threaten to swamp my heart, mind, soul and strength? Holy Spirit, help me ask Christ Jesus to calm the storms in my life.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing (and a trusting) spirit. (Psalm 51:12)
If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.
Corrie Ten Boom
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.