[Rising above the storms and walking on water]
I’m so thankful for a loving God who’s always my guidance system. When the storms of life leave me feeling as if I’m flying blind, I have the knowledge that God has already provided. (As well as the people He’s put in my “flight path” who continue to speak God’s wisdom into my life.) When my feelings aren’t an accurate account, I always have the option to choose to follow my “knows” instead. I need these “knows.” Feelings just can’t be trusted; this is something I know well.
Though I haven’t enjoyed the depression and anxiety that I’ve experienced, it really has been a blessing. (As absurd as that may seem, blessings aren’t always those warm fuzzy things.) Though I’d rather not experience that emotional rollercoaster, if I’d never come to the understanding that feelings can’t be completely trusted, I may have never learned to lean on and trust the truth of Jesus Christ.
Some people say follow your heart, but Scripture tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9). This is why Scripture also teaches us not to conform to the ways of the world, but instead we should be transformed by the renewing of our mind. That makes our “knows” of utmost importance. Our “knows,” in some cases, can help to keep us out of harms way, but the right “knows” will always help us to rise above the storms.
Just recently, a very dear sister in Christ shared with me about how eagles face storms. This is what the video she shared stated: “Do you know what an eagle does when a storm is coming? The eagle will fly to a high spot and wait for the winds to arrive. When the storm hits, the eagle will move its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle soars above. The eagle doesn’t escape the storm, it simply uses the storm to lift it higher…”
I need these pep talks, and God is not short on supply. He still speaks if your willing to listen. I’d just written about fighting the wind as I went out for a walk on a rather blustery day; I was thinking about the storms of life, and feeling like I’d been fighting too hard–so when these words were shared with me it excited me.
The bottom line is this: God uses the storms. Jesus used the storm to teach the disciples to believe in who He says He is, and to trust that He is able to save. Many times myself I too have looked at that wind and cried out, “Lord, help me!” just like Peter did when He began to sink.
“…Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” –Matthew 14:29
When Peter cried out, Jesus did save him; He reached out his hand and caught him saying, “You of little faith. Why did you doubt? And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:31-33).
As corny as this might sound (thinking back to that old familiar Bet Midler song “Wind Beneath My Wings”) God is that wind beneath our wings, for even the wind obeys Him. We can rise above those storms of life as the eagle does.
“He [Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. –Mark 4:39
Those who wait upon the Lord (Those who trust in God.) shall rise up on wings as eagles because it’s God Himself who lifts us above the storms (Isaiah 40:32). If we don’t allow Jesus to take our hand, trusting Him through the storm it can feel as if we’re sinking. Don’t believe the storm has the control. (It doesn’t.) God still has the control. We just have to remember to keep following our “knows” through the unknown, crying out when we’re sinking, as we let the wind lift us higher. Then we too can learn to walk on water.
Below is a short list–but still a very powerful list–of some of the “knows” that can bring us comfort and courage through our storms. Right below that is a lyric video for a song called “Walking on Water.” I hope that something encourages you to keep your eyes off of the waves through the storm, whether it’s the storm that God chooses to stop or you that He holds through it.
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“Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed, He answers him from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand.” –Psalm 20:6
“I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.” –Psalm 119:75
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” –Psalm 46:10
“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” –Psalm 140:12
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; –Romans 5:3
…”knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” –James 1:3
“Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; –Deuteronomy 7:9
Next in this series—>Amidst the Bulrushes