READINGOld Testament: Genesis 43:1-15
Psalms: Psalms 69, 73
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 7:1-9
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
Evening Psalms: 73
DEVOTIONAL”He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (Mark 4:40)
Life can sometimes feel like a voyage from one storm to the next. They come upon us whether we like it or not. They knock us around and threaten to destroy all of our stability and security. We question whether we can survive them, and we never know how long they will last. Usually, during these storms, I am scared and looking for answers or guidance on to how to navigate the unpredictable waters that engulf me. Recently, I have found myself walking alongside a very dear friend in the middle of a raging storm. These are the worst storms -- the ones that have the power to make you feel helpless and scared and alone.
My friend is going through something unimaginable. Her son is battling a life threatening illness, and every day presents new challenges for the family. I am constantly struggling to find just a few simple words to comfort her. I reassure her that she is strong and that God has a plan for all of us. The words feel small, but I believe deeply in these words. It has been inspiring to watch my friend respond to all that is going on in her life with faith rather than fear. She told me that fear is paralyzing and that she has no room for that in her life. She would prefer to spend her time focusing on her faith, which she finds energizing. After we talk, all I can think about is how incredibly brave it is for my friend to trust that Jesus is always with her. She understands that it is He who is in control over the storms of life, and she is genuinely comforted knowing that Jesus loves us and wants us to trust Him.
Jesus is asking my friend to do something greater than she has ever done before. She must put her full faith in Him and trust in His plan for her son. I believe that choosing faith matters because without it you can’t help people and show them God. I plan to choose faith and to be there for my friend through every wave of the storm.