I listened to the stories of men and women who are going through the process of being ordained clergy. Each have a story of their own, called to change the world with and for God. As they describe their adventure of life as the main character, I’m amazed at how all kinds of people are used in all sorts of ways. We are called to be confident in who we are created to be, refusing to be anyone but ourselves, realizing God works in the details of our lives, no matter who we are, where we come from, and what we are doing.
The thing is . . . our story is being written each day . . . the good and the bad. But. The message of the story is not the circumstances, but our response. At the end of it all, we choose whether or not the point of our story is about faith or fear, hope or hopelessness, trust or doubt, light or darkness.
There’s a story of Followers, a small group known to be the closest followers of Jesus that came against a difficult circumstance:
It takes place on the sea, where they mostly lived their life.
They faced a storm, a BIG storm, where the elements of nature–the sea, winds, and rain– unite. The Followers had fear even though they had faced storms before, even though they were equipped to face it, even though they knew Jesus was with them. The writer explains Jesus was asleep. As the story unfolds it’s clear the Followers are filled with fear, believing they are near death as the power of the storm overcame them. Details changed after the Followers called out to Jesus, waking him up.
The story is told: Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8: 23-27, NIV).
The Followers knew the storm of all storms would’ve overpowered them. Yet. Jesus had the power to stop the storm. Their story changed, not because the storm was over but because of seeing Jesus with new eyes.
What will your story be about as it’s being written today? Will you give in to the storms of the day? Will you press through the fear, choosing faith? Will you call out to God, believing all things are possible? Will divine power be revealed?
At the end of the day, a storm will only be a detail in your story when the power of God is revealed through your choice to trust.
Learning to Kickstart the day with God,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)