Monday, August 15, 2011

Are you cheating yourself?

At church yesterday morning, I sang a song called “Your Cries Have Awoken the Master” written by Sonya Isaacs and Becky Isaacs Bowman. I’ll type the lyrics. (If you know the song, feel free to skip this.)
Crossing the calm sea with Jesus, the disciples were getting concerned
The wind started violently blowing, and He was asleep in the stern
Does He not care that we perish, we’re helpless & we’re so afraid
But, Jesus arose when they called Him, and said to them where is your faith

You’ve prayed all night, You’ve held on with all of your might
Child, your cries have awoken the Master
Oh, He knows your voice, lift your hands, it’s time to rejoice
Child, your cries have awoken the Master

It hit you without any warning, the storm of your life had begun
Seeing no hope in the distance, you’re so frightened with no place to run
By now your vessel is filling, and you’re thinking that you’ll surely drown
You’ve cried out for help from the Savior, so you know you can’t give up now

You’re up there worried that He’s fast asleep
The winds are so deadly, the water’s so deep
By try to be patient because soon He’ll bring peace
Just one word from His voice and it all must cease

It is hard to imagine what the disciples were feeling. But, it seems as if, even with Jesus very nearby, they didn’t know when to trust that everything was in good hands. How often do we cheat ourselves out of peace because we try to figure everything out on our own? Just the other day, I was given a gentle reminder that I don’t have to know how everything is going to work out-I just have to know that it will. Occasionally, maybe you feel like your drowning in your own storm. But, do you really think that God will let you drown? No! He’s right there with you. He hears the cries of your heart, and He knows your voice. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all that He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand.”

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