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  READ: Matthew 8:23-27

The God of peace will be with you. —Philippians 4:9

I laugh every time I hear the radio
commercial that has a woman shouting to her friend in conversation.
She’s trying to talk above the sounds of the thunderstorm in her own
head. Ever since a storm damaged part of her home, that’s all she hears
because her insurance company isn’t taking care of her claims.

I’ve
heard thunderstorms in my head, and maybe you have too. It happens when
a tragedy occurs—to us, to someone close to us, or to someone we hear
about in the news. Our minds become a tempest of “what if” questions.
We focus on all the possible bad outcomes. Our fear, worry, and trust
in God fluctuate as we wait, we pray, we grieve, and we wonder what the
Lord will do.

It’s natural for us to be fearful in a storm
(literal or figurative). The disciples had Jesus right there in the
boat with them, yet they were afraid (Matt. 8:23-27). He used the
calming of the storm as a lesson to show them who He was—a powerful God
who also cares for them.

We wish that Jesus would always calm the
storms of our life as He calmed the storm for the disciples that day.
But we can find moments of peace when we’re anchored to the truth that
He’s in the boat with us and He cares.  — Anne Cetas

Fierce drives the storm, but wind and waves
Within His hand are held,
And trusting His omnipotence
My fears are sweetly quelled. —Brown

To realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm.

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