Picture this for a moment? Jesus says to His disciples let’s go to the other side? Jesus was referring to crossing the sea of Galilee. It sure sounds like a great idea. They were eager to go wherever Jesus wanted to take them.
Are you see where this is going? We are so willing to go wherever the Lord wants to take us. How many times has the Lord showed you that He wants to take you to a new place?
You know this is a trap don’t you? You see we want to go to the new place and He wants to bring us to a new place but just as important that we arrive at our destination the Lord is equally excited about what He is going to attempt to do in us on the journey. We just want to get there. We are in a hurry. He is not.
In Luke 8 and in Mark 4 Jesus asks His disciples to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. With enthusiasm they got into a boat and figured this is a great day for boat ride, can’t wait to see what the Lord is up too.Then on the way to this exciting new place - crisis hits. In this case it was a major storm where even the professional fishermen were afraid for their lives.
What is Jesus doing? He is taking a nap. This is a prophetic picture that we should find rest and peace in the middle of our “storms”. Notice how the disciples responded to their crisis?
Do you think they were feeling abandoned? That Jesus is not interested in their struggles or in our struggles .
It might feel like Jesus doesn’t care about our “storms”, remember it’s a feeling not a reality. It’s in our storms that the Lord takes advantage of everything that He can use to shape and mold us into His imagine.
Let’s go to the other side - hmmm let me think about that….
Pastor Brian R. Weeks began ministering in 1972 and has served as a pastor to both youth and young adults. He also served as an associate pastor for eleven years, and then for 25 years as a senior pastor, apostolic missionary, and church planter. In March of 2017 he released his church Solomon’s Porch, but in order to remain part of the local church, continues to serve among its several pastors.