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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: The Look of Peace

on April 30, 2014

I have been wondering lately what peace looks like. What is the appearance of a person who is not afraid, in spite of difficult circumstances?  I guess it could look like lack of concern to someone who doesn’t know better. The disciples wondered whether Jesus was concerned about their fate as He slept one evening on their wave-rocked boat.  “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” they asked, probably incredulously.

Jesus seemed incredulous Himself.  “Do you still have no faith?” He asked them back, but not before telling the wind and the sea to quit all that racket.

Then the disciples were really afraid.  (I can imagine how they must have looked at each other!)

I wonder if I would have been asleep on that boat. I have proclaimed many times that I have the gift of sleep. I am usually asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow, and can fall asleep just about anywhere (including while standing on a noisy Metrobus). No cup of coffee, no matter how late in the day, can stop me. Pretty much the only time I can’t sleep is when I’m scared.

May His Word be in my heart on the next “scary” night, so I remember that the wind-rebuking storm-calming Lord of the universe is right there on the boat with me.

You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:7-8

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7 responses to “Hide-the-Word Wednesday: The Look of Peace

  1. Rebekah Postupak says:

    One of the things that gets me about this story is these were seasoned fishermen: they knew the lake; they knew weather; they knew what a capsizing boat looked like. Their fear wasn’t melodrama. If these guys thought they were about to drown, I am 100% certain they were about to drown!

    If Jesus could (smiling, perhaps!) say, “Why are you afraid?” right after shushing a massive storm system, AND if just one word (“Peace!”) was enough to pull that off: well, He’s given me 66 books full of words (including Ps 121, where He reminds me He’s never actually asleep), so why wouldn’t I lie down in peace and sleep! Real or imagined, the storms always, ALWAYS know His voice.

    The storms are the ones who’d better be afraid.

    • wisdom4wives says:

      Yeah grrrl! Storms are on notice!!

    • Why were they afraid? Because, that’s how we react when we are threatened. It seems as if our faith takes flight when we are in harm’s way. Well, as our faith grows, so does our peace for whatever life throws our way. Peace to you! I’m with you Rebekah: Watch out storm!

      • Rebekah Postupak says:

        What I love about what Jesus did here is how he asked them AFTER the fact. He didn’t kick them while they were down. Instead, in compassion He demolished the thing causing their fear, and only then corrected their interpretation. Not “This storm is bigger than I am” (what they saw) but “God is bigger than the storm” (what they should have seen). Their eyes, like Peter when he tried walking on water, were fixed on the wrong thing.

        This correction strikes me especially powerfully because my own reactions are often based on my limited interpretation too (“I can’t take one more day of this”). God says–Why are you afraid? I shush storms! The lame walk–the blind see–the same power that raised Christ from the dead is living in you! Put your holy glasses on, baby, and let me show you what’s REALLY going on here*. Watch out, storm! (love that, Cynthia) But you, precious one, watch ME.

        * Slight paraphrase. LOL

  2. cathy says:

    Such great encouragement! Having faith in the midst of our scary times is storm calming…I must remember and claim this. Great post! Glad to have met you. 🙂

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