Constant Companion

Jesus and the disciples were traveling across the sea and a sudden squall took them by surprise.  The sea began to swamp the boat, and the disciples were afraid.  Though He was sleeping, the disciples were terrified and went and woke Him.  “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet!  Be still!”  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. – Mark 4:39
Though Jesus was on the boat with the disciples in the midst of a squall, they became afraid as the outlook seemed destined for destruction.  So often, I am in a similar space.  I know that Jesus is with me, yet I become fearful as I see the wind and the waves whipping about my boat.  Also, similar to the disciples, I do know where to go for peace in the middle of a storm.  The disciples went and woke He who could calm the chaos, and in a few boldly spoken words by God’s beloved Son, the squall became silent, and all was still.
When my lifeboat is becoming swamped by the storms that life supplies, He is the only Source that is able to successfully sustain and somehow supply peace, despite how dismal my circumstances seem.  My Savior speaks to the space in my soul that is in utter chaos, and begins to silence the storm.  I find what must become still is my own heart, rather than my surrounding situation.  When my soul is made still and calm comes, my spirit is able to sense the still small voice, that though only a whisper, speaks volumes.  As peace comes on the inside, the overwhelming nature of the external, lessens.  The storm may still rage, but it becomes clear that my Savior is with me, and I am able to trust that He has the oars.
He may not silence my surroundings when I think He ought to, but if my soul is made still, the hope on the horizon comes into view.  He is good and He will never leave me nor forsake me – even in the eye of the storm.  His presence is the only hope that holds my heart. 
I am so grateful that His presence is not determined by our circumstance.  He is always present, I am simply not always aware.  My prayer is that He would strengthen my sight so that I might always be aware of His constant companionship – be it in chaos or calm.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

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