Life is a Storm

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In the Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas wrote:

“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next.”

I don’t know about you, but my life often feels like a storm.

The storm represents that which is bigger than me. It represents everything that’s coming at me to take me down. It is the continuous reminder of all my mistakes and failures. The storm is the reality that my entire life could be altered with one phone call.

It is the understanding that my wife and kids could be killed on the next trip to the grocery store. It is the anxiety I feel every week at church because I want people to like me. It is the pressure to perform because I’m terrified of being a failure. It is the loneliness I feel, even in the arms of my wife. It is the emptiness that fills my heart when my daughter doesn’t want to be held by me. It’s the always present reminder that I am not good enough, smart enough, or buff enough to be liked by the masses. It is the guilt I feel even when I do succeed and knowing that I still could have done better. It is the sexual lust that seeks to devour my mind when I am alone with my computer. It is the vexation of knowing that no matter how hard I try, I am still going to screw my kids up somehow. It is the frustration of having a godly desire in my heart, but no clarity on how to fulfill it. The storm is everything that makes me feel guilty, unworthy and insecure.

The storm is everything beyond me. Even when I try to get away, the storm follows me  because it’s within me.

JESUS IS LORD OF THE STORM

The Apostle John describes a story in which he and the disciples were literally caught in a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Panting with exhaustion and tired with frustration, they were losing a battle to the wind and waves but the most extraordinary thing happened...

Jesus met them in the storm. “When they had rowed about three of four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” (John 6:19-20)

Notice three things about this verse:

1. Jesus walked toward them. Notice how he wasn’t running as if he was surprised? Even though we might be surprised by our storms, Jesus never is. He is always in control, even when we feel out of control.

2. Jesus walked on the water. The chaos of the storm was bigger than the disciples could handle, but it wasn’t bigger than Jesus. Jesus is never limited by the severity of our situations.

3. Jesus spoke a word of comfort. Jesus says “It is I; do not fear.” The original Greek for “It is I” means I Am, I Am. At first this seems of no significance until we remember that “I Am” is the name God uses to refer to Himself in the Old Testament when He delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt. Jesus is essentially saying to us “I am God, and I’m here to help you, I’m here to comfort you. I’m here to hold you. Do not be afraid.”

Jesus is Lord of the storm and wants to comfort us with his presence.