I got thinking one day after reading Mark 4:39 what might have transpired on the boat between the time they set sail and the calming of the storm.
“Dad, that was awesome! The water was so warm!” WAIT! WHAT? THEY USED WARM WATER? So this experience is meant to remember Jesus humbling himself to the very people he is ruler of, and they used warm water to pull it off? I think I need to ask for forgiveness, and reconsider where I stand on this issue.
Fast forward to the rest of the Bible, and we see these same men who stumbled their way through the gospels become bold, unstoppable men of faith starting in the book of Acts. Their lives, however, were everything but peaceful. Their job was to spread the good news of Christ, and in doing so died for their belief. Peaceful it was not. That speaks volumes to me.
During communion, Pastor Sansgaard will use my first name, “The body of Christ, given for you, Kurt.” That has been a personal touch that has always been meaningful, but when I heard my name last Sunday I felt this peace. I mean a real, true peace I can only explain as…peaceful. It washed over me in a way that was truly indescribable. I began to cry, though quickly swallowing back the tears.
The ability to let God know how you feel is important. I liken it to telling me wife how much I love her. This is, in my wife’s case, usually followed by me confessing to purchasing a piece of camera equipment I probably shouldn’t have. This is oddly enough just what happens next in my prayers to the Lord, I ask for forgiveness.
The selection was discussing what I think was the topic of conviction by the Holy Spirit. If it wasn’t that topic, that’s the one the Holy Spirit hit me hard with anyway. Like a pillow to the head when my wife “gently” tells me I’ve been snoring, the Holy Spirit was convicting me.
I had a friend once tell me that praying to God is just as easy as talking to a best friend. I would say yes, and no. After all this is God we are talking about! We can’t always just roll up, slap God on the shoulder and say, “Hey buddy, we need to talk.” I mean, He’s God.