‘Comfort’ Meditations No.26: Caught by Surprise
Mt 8:24 “Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake.”
We’re going to move away from people groups that need comforting and look more generally for a moment at how needs sometimes arise and I’m just going to use this very simple verse above as a reminder of how stuff happens.
There are times in life, in this fallen world, where ‘storms’ arise without any warning. Jesus also taught about this in his parable of the two house builders – Mt 7:25 – both of whom suffered the storms of life. That reminds me first of all what I have been saying again and again throughout these studies – we all of us suffer ‘storms of life’ from time to time, times when either we get it wrong and life falls apart, or simply it all goes wrong around us and we didn’t cause it but we were certainly on the receiving end of it.
They may involve sickness, infirmity, bereavement, loss of employment etc. etc. One of the bravest women I know lives on the edge of death which has nearly taken her numerous times – but God is there in her and for her and in the spiritual world her light shines brighter than most. We would never wish for such times or such a life, but the truth is that when God said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,” (Heb 13:5) He meant it! Whatever has happened (whether you caused it or not as we saw with Moses) He IS still with you to redeem you, bless you and enable you to shine with His glory (2 Cor 4:6,7).
But perhaps the obvious thing to remember in these things is that so often they come without warning. If God had said, “Watch out, life is going to get more tricky today,” I’m not sure if that would be a good thing; sometimes I tend to feel I would rather not live with the knowledge of an impending disaster. I don’t want such things – I’d much rather an easy uncomplicated life where everything went smoothly all the time – but if I’m living in a way that faces reality honestly, I know that such things do come occasionally. I repeat – I don’t want those things, I would much rather I didn’t have to experience them (who wouldn’t have wished the Covid Pandemic never happened and didn’t keep on happening!!!!) but I know they come and so I know that one of the biggest lessons I have to learn, is how to deal with such things, how to receive God’s grace to handle such things, get God’s wisdom to deal with such things, let perseverance, patience, endurance etc. grow in me, AND learn how to receive His comfort when such storms strike. Oh yes, these are learning situations. God doesn’t want me and you to go down under them, He doesn’t want us to drown in the crashing waves but to ‘walk on them’, (Mt 14:29) to learn, as in this story that Jesus has the power and authority to calm the storm (Mt 8:26). Yes? Yes!