We generally don’t like storms. We like gentle rain. But the thunder and lightning and whipping winds in a storm can frighten us. It’s not so bad if you’re in the living room watching the weather outside; but if you’re caught in the throes of a storm it can be scary.
But storms can be a gift from God. When the disciples got caught in a storm in the sea they became frightened. “How could Jesus sleep?” they grumbled. “We’re being pummeled and he’s snoring in the back of the boat.”
They woke the Master. “Don’t you care if we drown?” He stood up and rebuked the waves. “Peace. Be still,” Jesus commanded. Immediately the wind and rain ceased and the seas returned to complete calm. From Mark 4.
That night the twelve received a precious gift in a storm. Jesus saved them from the storm’s wrath, because Jesus was stronger than their storm.
There’s a gift in this story for us as well — Jesus.
Jesus is stronger than our storms.
When the thunder roars and the lightning strikes and the waves roll over us, do we run for cover? Or do we run for Jesus?