We recently relocated to central Texas. Having lived in Texas before, I knew about thunderstorms, but had forgotten how powerful they could be! The other night, God put on an incredible light show. Powerful enough in my mind to erase all doubts about who really is the creator of the universe!
We lost power about 4:45 in the morning and did not get it back until noon.
Here’s the worst part….no coffee! I know, 1st world problems…. It was definitely going to be a challenging day. As I could do nothing involving electricity, I was forced to sit back and appreciate all the comforts God has given me. I have a nice warm dry home to live in, all the food that I could possible ever want with a stove to cook it on. The list is so long, I’m not sure I could ever list all of my material blessings . As I sit outside under my covered patio and write, (by hand!) I can appreciate the gently falling rain and watch the parched ground soak it all in. God is so good!
I am in awe of how God is all powerful and in control of all aspects of my life. Mark 4:35-41 is one of my favorite stories. Mark writes : On that day when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side” And leaving the crowed, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (ESV)
Jesus was asleep during the storm, resting comfortably in the midst of it. He knew it was all ok even as the waves crashed around them. What a comforting picture of Jesus this is. We will have storms in our life, but he is there, in the front of our boat, ready to rebuke the wind and calm the water.
I journaled this passage last year about this time. I used water color for the background and oil pastels for the details. Black sharpie no bleed marker was used on the lettering. I suggest that you try this on your own this week. Go ahead, try, you can do it!
Now, about the coffee….I substituted real Coke and made it through the day just fine!