Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Excitement in the boat, part 8: He got up

They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. (Luke 8:24 NASB)

"And He got up." What beautiful words!  The disciples found themselves in a desperate situation and in grave danger. They had done all they could do and failed to turn the situation around. At last, they called on the only One with the power and authority to intervene. Jesus. 

As soon as they called to Jesus, an amazing thing happened. He got up. There was no delay and no rebuke. He simply responded by getting up from His resting place. Did Jesus need a change of position to still the waves? No, He did not. His change of position moved Him into the midst of the disciples, who were terrified and desperate. When called upon, Jesus moved to be close to them. 

Selah. Consider this a moment. 

The disciples were in the front of the boat and Jesus was in the back sleeping. When they called to Him, He got up and moved closer to them. What a relief that must have been! His presence was both reassurance and comfort. He cares. He is here. 

We, too, can experience that same comforting presence because of the Holy Spirit. Are you facing a situation that threatens to overwhelm you? Call out to Jesus.  He will respond, and the first action He will take is to move a bit closer. Pause and sense His nearness. Isn't that reassuring? He is in the midst of your situation and will move. 

Pray today that we and our loved ones will call out to Jesus in our distress and sense His comforting presence in response. 
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The terrorist prayer focus this week is Hamas. Pray that they will begin to value life, that their efforts at terror will not prosper, and that their social welfare programs will be more important to them than their costly efforts at destruction. 
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The link to last night's post is here: http://leannahollis.blogspot.com/2014/07/radical-obedience-hamas-and-khaled.html