He sleeps in a storm

“…the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it… But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid’” (Matthew 14:24, 27).

A farmer was looking for a farmhand. There was only one applicant. There was only one sentence on his resume: “He sleeps in a storm.” It was a strange thing to put on a resume, but the farmer was desperate so he hired him.

A little while later a big storm came up. The farmer called for the farmhand and discovered that he was… sleeping!

So he ran frantically to the barn; the animals were secure and well-fed. The doors of the silo were latched, and the bales of wheat in the field were bound and wrapped in tarps. All was well. 

Then the farmer understood: “He sleeps in a storm.” Since the farmhand he knew how to take care of what mattered most, he could be at peace—even in a storm.*

That’s a good word for life. We can be at peace—even in the midst of hardship—when we’re right with God. 

The key to weathering a storm is who you’re weathering it with. If you are with Jesus, then you’ve already attended to the one thing that matters most: your relationship with God. You’ve sought the refuge, help, strength, support, wisdom, hope and light that only he can provide.

These days there are storms aplenty. I wish I could say that they’d all be gone soon. But I just can’t give you that assurance. Who knows, perhaps things will get worse. Perhaps we’ll look back on this time in five years from now wishing we still had it this good! 

Who knows what tomorrow will bring. We don’t, but God does. Therefore, we can still have peace.

The key to weathering a storm is who you’re weathering it with.


Notes:

–“The key to weathering a storm.” Sermon. May 22, 2022. Click here for watching or listening options.

–*As told in: Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith (New York: Hyperion, 2009), 93.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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