Hakuna Matata

The Lion King movies are loved by many, even my older sister. When we were kids, it was one of her go to Disney movies, including Princess Diaries of course. To say that I don’t randomly get the song Hakuna Matata stuck in my head, would be a lie. The song has been apart of me since I was little, whether I liked it or not.

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Wind and Waves

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!

Mourning Turned Into Dancing

Psalm 30:11-12

You have turned my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

I ran upon this verse quite some time back. It gives me a happy feeling that makes me feel like smiling. When I first found this verse, I was feeling pretty mournful, but this verse gave me hope and I was able to see that God would help me. Everybody experiences their times of mourning or times of no hope. When I have my times, this verse gives me hope all over again. Overall, it’s a hopeful verse.

An important thing that you need to know about this verse, which can easily be skipped over is the part about the sackcloth. What is a sackcloth? A sackcloth used to be a very rough and coarse material people would use in the bible times. It was often made out of black goat’s hair, which is very rough and I would say itchy as well. Mourners, also ones showing repentance, would wear these things called a sackcloth. You can only imagine how unpleasant that would feel rubbing against you. The reason I say that this is important to know is because you can really see how much it meant when they said this. It’s no longer just a sackcloth, it also represents that God can take your burdens off of your shoulders. If you think about it that way, the verse has much more value than just what is written down. It’s not just someone saying it lightly and that is going to be going back and mourning the very next day. They are rejoicing and giving God praise for putting off their burdens.