“Peace. Be still” (Mark 4:39).
When the disciples woke Jesus because they were scared of the storm, he was upset with them—not because they had tried to calm the storm and failed, but because they had put their trust only in what Jesus could do for them, instead of what they could do because of him.
They had missed the opportunity to release the faith and grace he’d been teaching them to live in. Not only could they have stopped the storm, they missed the greater miracle of having so much peace they could have just slept through it.
All of us have experienced storms—painful, confusing, and overwhelming circumstances. The last couple years have been an unending series of tempests for many. I know they have been for me.
But I also know from experience that Jesus makes available all the peace and grace needed to face the storms, and all the faith, hope, and love necessary to overwhelm them.
Know that the storm you’re facing isn’t your identity. Your identity is who you’re becoming in Jesus as you overcome it with him.