By Jodi Weaver
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mark 4: 37-39
I received an email the other day that as usual got me to thinking along the lines of Glory Babies, rather than what the author probably intended in the first place. I don’t know who the originator of the “essay” was, but I thought that it really held a lot of meaning for us.
Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.
“Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him.
“Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.
Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.
Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”
The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”
Enraged by the response the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away.
The farmer then understood what his hired man meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.
Moral: When you are prepared spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the winds blow through your life?
The hired man in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We, as believers in Christ, secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the midst of the storms.
This email caused me to remember another story, the author for this one is well known….it was God himself. It is the story of the disciples in the boat with Jesus. Jesus is sleeping peacefully while a storm was raging all around them. The disciples were afraid. They did not comprehend that the one that made the wind was in their very midst. All they could see was the huge waves around them and feel the power of the wind as it blew. Imagine their amazement when they woke Jesus and he told the wind to be still.
Sometimes we are like those disciples. The storms come, the wind blows and we become scared. We feel as if we are on the sea in the midst of it with a broken rudder and no oars to row us back to shore and to safety. After all we are only human. We are faced with what is directly in front of us. We forget, that like the disciples, we too have the creator of those “winds” standing right beside us and He can still tell them to “be still” today. He is our oars and our rudder. He holds us close and knows every hair on our heads…he definitely knows when the wind will blow our direction. He won’t send a storm into our lives without being there to get us safely through it.
I wrote this article several months ago and as I look back at it today, I realize just how God prepares us ahead of time for the trials in our life if we let Him. In light of the disaster left behind by Katrina, I realize even more how important it is for us to be prepared when the storms come into our lives. Katrina, like the storm mentioned in the story above, was a physical and devastating storm. A storm that has caused much grief, but just as Jesus knew that the storm was going to happen before He entered the boat with the disciples, He knew that Katrina would be hitting the Gulf Shore and what the outcome of that would be. But grief is a storm that can be just as devastating to each of us and we need to be prepared for the storms of grief that God may send our way. Is it easy to weather the storms of grief? No, but with the help of the Maker of the storm we can make it through what ever comes our way.
I pray that each of you can sleep when the wind blows.