Today I thought about Matthew 8:24-26, “Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm” (NLT).
Sometimes when I have a lot on my “plate,” I get very overwhelmed. At first I don’t show it—I try to act as if everything is fine; but after a few weeks of juggling a lot of things I start to feel like I am drowning. I can almost feel the water rising up to my chin and every once in a while a big wave hits me on the side of my head and I have to gasp for air. I keep telling myself that God wouldn’t put more on me than I can handle, but that doesn’t really help.
After reading the Scripture verses I wondered if maybe I wasn’t really giving this situation to God. I have prayed for Him to help me, but I still felt overwhelmed. Why? Could it be a test? It is true that I am more drawn to God when stressful things happen (and continue to happen)? How would someone else react—would they “give up” on God and think that He’s abandoned them? Maybe having faith means I should continue to “weather the storm” because God will make everything calm in His timing. I just need to trust Him. I need to show and believe in my heart that I have faith.
I’m not sure what kind of storms you are going through right now, but remember—do not be afraid. Have faith. God will not let you drown.
Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti