I’ve wondered before why God doesn’t wipe our bad memories from the past, but then it hit me yesterday.Continue reading “Why Your Past Isn’t Something to Forget”
Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV)
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”
Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats we’re also with Him.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
And they heard exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
A lot of us have heard this story since very young. You went to Sunday School and you heard this story or maybe you heard it from a parent or friend. This could actually be your first time hearing about it and if so, it is a story that is always told for some reason. I’ve heard this story many of times and when I read it in the Bible for myself, it’s one that I thought was awesome, but just kind of forgot about it after reading it. When I needed to hear it though, was when I saw the real beauty in it. Yes, this is a great story, but it isn’t only that. This story is a beautiful reminder that God can do anything and He can help you through the winds and waves in your own life. You know how in songs, people consider their troubles “waves”. This is what troubles truly are. They are waves. God helps you through the waves. You may be thinking now, “Why won’t He just rebuke them and make them go away like He did in the Bible?” If you are, that is a great question that I also ask myself, but here is something that I should be asking, “What would I learn?” One thing that I know is that God wants us to have faith in Him and love Him with our whole hearts. If we had no trouble that we had to work through with Him by our side, we wouldn’t need faith. Honestly, if He just made every one of my problems disappear, I wouldn’t know how to love Him with my whole heart. It’s like the concept of parents. If your parents gave you everything you wanted, then yes, you would love them, but if they passed away, would you have learned how to live life without them? No, probably not like others. You would actually be a bit angry with them for not teaching you everything you needed in life and leaving you to find stuff out on your own, figuring it out yourself. God is NOT ever going to leave you, but I use this so it can be understood, because I have a hard time explaining things sometimes. Lol.
That is how the human mind works and God knows that. He made us. This is why he doesn’t make it disappear instantly. Keep in mind though, He always answers your pleads, maybe not in the form you exactly wanted, but He does. You have to keep your eyes opened, your ears hearing, and your mouth thanking God for what He has been doing in disguise.
Winds and waves… God’s in control and He’s got this!
Why do I write about God? This is a question that I have tried to answer for myself, but I never felt as fulfilled with my answer as I am right now. I can’t answer in my own words, but I can use a Bible verse that perfectly describes it.
Sing to God, everyone and everything!
Get out his salvation news everyday!
Publish his glory among the godless nations,
his wonders to all races and religions.
And why? Because God is great-well worth praising!
No god or goddess comes close in honor.
All the popular gods are stuff and nonsense,
but God made the cosmos!
Splendor and majesty flow out of him, strength and joy fill his place.1 CHRONICLES 16:23-27 (MSG)
That is why I have this strong urge to write about God. I know that I’m not a prime example of what it means to follow God, but with almost every ounce in me, I feel like telling the world about God, is my calling. Am I afraid that I have it all wrong and this isn’t my calling at all? Yes, I’m afraid of that! (I’m still learning how to get over my fears.) God says do not fear, so I might be crazy for jumping off this cliff, due to a feeling, but the way I see it though, is that wouldn’t it be even crazier to sit here quietly when it feels as if God is trying to tell me something? Not a single soul could read my blog and yet here I am, typing anyway. Why? Because I know that it’s a possibility that someone could stumble across one of my posts and it may just help them. I wish that I would’ve stumbled across something like my blog when I was trying to wiggle out of the feeling of sharing God’s word. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, it was because I was scared that it would keep me from getting married and that it would keep me from normal life, making me run around the world. (I love traveling, so I’m not sure what sense that made.) I might still be semi scared of these things, but I’m deciding to stop worrying about it. Anything God gives me will be far better than anything that I want. God doesn’t steer us the wrong way. He knows our true desires when we don’t even know yet. God is the ONE who knows the future, not me. If He says to do something, I want to jump, not hide. I’m becoming quite disgusted at all of my hiding and fear.
God is my hiding place. (Psalm 32:7) If my hiding place moves, I want to move with it. I want to live a life where God is my comfort zone, where God’s ways are my ways, the way I go. I will be praying to do exactly these things that I’ve said. This is why I do it.