No doubt you’ve heard a parent say to a child, “Be careful!” Technically, the mom or dad is giving a command, but the child doesn’t take it that way. That’s because the words spring from a nurturing, tender heart. Infused in that admonition to “be careful” is the sentiment, “I love you and want you to be safe.” Jesus speaks with the same tenderness to us in our fear and worry — “Fear not” for My love for you is strong and caring as I want only what comes from the Father’s goodness towards you. (Luke 12:32) Paul David Tripp said, “I want the [anxious] person to remember that God is near, that he is present, that his grace reaches to the depth of those struggles—rather than if you do this, this, and this, you can become unanxious.”
In the midst of your storm, with the waves crashing around you, are you struggling to hear God’s voice? Are you allowing your imagination to run rampant? Are you fearful over what could be more than what actually is? Are you asking God to speak to you about something that exists only in your mind?
When your emotions rage on, do you doubt that Jesus is in the storm with you. He might have been silent for a while, but He has been walking alongside you. In His perfect timing, He will finally utter the comforting words, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Our challenge and opportunity is to invite Him into our boat and let Him lead us to solid ground and a safe harbor.
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