What aspects of pre-pandemic life would you not want to go back to? The reality is that an experience like this has the ability to shake us up, shake us out of our routines, and help us see how life can be different. Crisis forces us out of our comfort zones and helps us to learn new things, to be creative, and to look at the people around us with fresh eyes. What does this season of life make possible? As we look at the story of Jesus calming the storm, we see that his disciples are beginning to see and experience Jesus in ways that they may not have had they not had this moment of crisis.
Comforting Words for Difficult Times
Message by Josh Mutter – February 5, 2021
Calmer of the Storm
Mark 4:35-41 NIV
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Things that seem threatening to us do not threaten Jesus.
Jesus responds to the cries of his friends.
Jesus invites his friends to a deeper experience of who he is.
Praying with our Hands
- Reveal – Closed Fists
- Release – Open Hands Down
- Receive – Open Hands Up
About Josh Mutter: Josh Mutter is the Lead Pastor at Westheights Community Church. Josh is married to Michelle and they have two very busy little boys named Silas & Isaac. Josh enjoys long walks on the beach and smooth jazz – well, not really. But he does enjoy time with his family, spending time outdoors, watching baseball, sipping coffee and reading a good book.
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