Two years ago, my family embarked on a cruise in the Gulf. It was a wonderful week without a care in the world. Our vacation was so full of adventure and relaxation; I’ll never forget those precious moments we shared as a family. The view from our cabin was breathtaking, boasting the majestic sea as we set sail. Every evening we would enjoy the sunsets. The contrast between the painted sky and the blues of the ocean were extraordinary. On the last day, the captain informed the ship we would be sailing through some rough water. What we didn’t realize at the time, was all ships were advised to clear the seas and find the nearest port as the storm was indeed very strong, but our ship remained on course. That 24 hours was not only the scariest storm I have ever experienced, but experiencing it on a ship was another story. The swells were crashing against the ship, causing the loud claps and rattling. It swayed back and forth as we tried walking. This caused an uneasiness as we reached for anything to grasp onto. As we sat down for dinner, we experienced the feeling of a sway, then a rock back and forth, followed by a CRASH that would drop us as it came down from a swell. It wasn’t long after that our two daughters along with 90% of the ship turned sea sick. Goodness. I look back on those last 24 hours of our sailing and can only imagine what that very large ship in the middle of the Sea truly looked like. I bet it looked tiny in comparison to the sea and the storm; rolling over the waves and crashing down.
Can you imagine what a small sailboat would look like in the middle of a storm like that? In Mark 4:37, As Jesus was on the
boat with his disciples, it says a “furious squall came up and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” Jesus was sleeping. Let me say that again: Jesus was *sleeping*. Can you imagine the peace He was in to be sleeping in such a chaotic mess? First of all, with a squall like that, imagine the rain pelting down, along with how hard the water from the waves would be hitting you. Then there is the wind at full force. Add the noise from the thunder, the waves, and the crashing… then think about the fear and chaos among the disciples. This was no little rain shower, friends. The disciples were afraid of drowning, so they woke Jesus. Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet!!!! Be still!!!” Then it was calm. He then asked the disciples why they were afraid. Wow. Let’s dive in.
There are two things about peace in this story I would like to point out.
- The Lord IS peace. In Ephesians 2:14 it says He *is* our peace.
- He GIVES peace. “Peace I leave you, peace I give you.”- John 14:27. “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.” Thess.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
If He IS peace, think on this for a second. Peace is not just a feeling we have… it is SO powerful with an actual presence. A presence so strong, it says The God of Peace crushes the enemy under His foot. He gives us this peace, friends. In scripture, He reminds us throughout; If we keep our minds steadfast on Him (Isaiah 26:3). When we completely trust Him (Romans 15:13).
When we are not anxious (Phillipians 4:4). It says to trust THEN He gives us His “perfect peace.”
In the boat, Jesus was peace. The disciples were afraid in the midst of the storm. They turned to Him. And the unwavering calmness of peace He so powerfully administered was then given. But they had to turn to Him first.
What storm are you in? Are there waves crashing and you’re trying to grasp onto anything only to stand upright? What about the chaos happening? Or the heaviness surrounding you? He IS your peace. Turn toward Him, keep your mind steadfast and trust Him and He will give you His Perfect Peace, just as He promises.
Peace be still, He said. And oh, how it is so still and perfect.