Honestly, the wind was quiet only moments before. I never expected to find myself kicking through storm waves, my eyes on the shore, only moments later.
But isn't that often what life stirs up for us? A moment of quiet turning into a moment of stormy chaos?
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. Matthew 8:24
I was a guest at my friends cabin property. We'd taken a walk down to the lake, a kayak and paddle board in tow. After a quick lesson from my girlfriend's husband, I balanced myself on my knees on the paddle board, getting a feel of it before taking the leap to standing.
I never made the leap.
Instead I found myself sailing fast from shore, strokes of my paddle not changing my course. A sudden wind had swept up under skies where once distant clouds now shadowed me.
Feeling panic rise up in my stomach, I looked behind me, back to the shore. My friend's husband was running toward me, waving. He'd seen I was in trouble.
My stomach began to ease. He had seen me.
Knowing I could not paddle against the rising waves, I slipped into the water. Holding the board with one arm, I kicked against the rising waves, moving toward shore and toward my friend's husband who was now in the water too.
Soon we met up, and he took the board from me, Moments later we were both safely on shore, light shared laughter between us over the adventure.
Back to a quiet moment after the stormy chaos.
And I wondered, as we walked back to the cabin in the wind and rain, how often do I panic in my storms of life, forgetting that He is always there with me to calm the waves?
The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." Matthew 8:25-26
God controls both the storms of nature and the storms of our heart.
There is no need to panic.
We just need to keep our eyes on Him, our refuge and strength.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah
May you feel His presence in your moments today, in both chaos and calm.