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35 On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake]. 36 And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him. 37 And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled. 38 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing? 39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). 40 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)? Mark 4: 35-40 AMPC
When God gives you a direction, it isn’t for you to then decide what route to take, pack Him in your bag, and be on your way. God is taking YOU somewhere, not the other way around.
Jesus had said to his disciples, “Let’s go to the other side”. And then the Bible says THEY TOOK HIM WITH THEM. Jesus is not a pocket knife that we can just whip out when we need something fixed along the journey WE chose. Your perspective on who is leading your journey, your recognition and acknowledgement of His Lordship in your life is so crucial to you reaching the other side…reaching the place God has for you. If you think it’s up to you to determine how the journey plays out and which path to take, that leaves room for fear and anxiety to creep in and take root in your heart. Why? Because your spirit knows you don’t belong at the helm of your ship. Deep down you know you don’t belong on the throne of your life. How can you rest assured when you have charted your own course and brought Jesus along for the ride?
It’s not enough to have Jesus on the boat. He needs to be the captain.
You need to give over the wheel of your boat so that He can navigate you through the waters that lie ahead. Waters that cease to rage at the very sound of His voice. The scripture says that the winds were of hurricane proportions and the waves were so strong that the boat was becoming filled with water. And where was Jesus? At the back of the boat asleep. The Bible says the other boats were with Him, but it doesn’t say that the people on those boats were afraid or calling out for help. They were with HIM. They had already decided to let Jesus lead them.
You see, you can be in the same situation as someone else and have a completely different experience when you allow Jesus to lead you.
The disciples however, were most concerned. They even accused Jesus of not caring that they were going to die. These were men that were described in v34 as being specially chosen by Jesus. Though He spoke to the crowds in parables, He explained everything fully to His disciples. These men knew Jesus. Yet when the storm raged they doubted His love, they doubted His heart towards them.
Sometimes we get so close to Jesus, that we forget ourselves. He’s told you some things, brought you close and now you figure you can take the reins and give Him a break. “Go take a nap Jesus, I can handle this”. But when you take your eyes off of Jesus and begin to think you know what’s best, you quickly realize how ill-equipped you are to be Lord of your own life. The winds do not wait to be quieted by you. The seas do not bow at the slightest word from you. Even nature knows who’s in charge! Jesus isn’t going to push His way onto the throne of your life. He must be invited. He’ll come along for the ride and go to sleep in the back of the boat until you realize that you just aren’t capable of doing this without Him leading you. He’ll take a back seat until you fully surrender the wheel to Him.
There can’t be two masters…two kings ruling. There can only be one. Jesus cares about all that you face but He isn’t going to fight His child for control. Will you step down from the throne and allow Him to lead you into still waters?
Love & Blessings,