Expect Storms Even When Christ is Present

Christmastide: January 4
Read Isaiah 43:1-3 and Mark 4:35-41

Today’s reading from Mark gives yet another example of the fact that having God in my life does not keep me from experiencing difficulties. The storm came and the disciples were terrified!  But Christ is in my life even during the worst storms, and God has the power to still the winds and the waves.

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you —
And through the rivers,
I will be there, too!
When you walk through fire
You will not be burned —
And the flame will not consume you!

Imagine: In your imagination, pretend to be one of the disciples in the boat with Jesus, your Teacher, calmly sleeping while a terrible storm threatens your very lives! Honestly express your feelings of frustration and anger and what you would really like to say to him!  Then continue to imagine how you feel when Jesus rebukes the wind and waves and calm comes.

Think of your relief and exhaustion.

Next, puzzle at his words, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”

Consider: Consider the awesome God who has claimed you for God’s own and who — though not promising a storm-free life — lives in you to still the winds and waves of your panic through all the situations in your life!


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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