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One thing we may experience in summer is severe weather. A thunderstorm rolls in, winds pick up, thunder awakens us and lightening brightens the sky. Soon tornado sires sound and we find ourselves heading for the basement. Our hearts are beating a little faster as we wonder what is out there in the darkness and what will take place in the next few moments.

In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee. As they were doing so a great windstorm arose and the waves were breaking into the boat and it was filling with water. Jesus however was asleep in the stern. The disciples in fear awoke Jesus and said to Him, "Teacher do you not care that we are perishing? And He (Jesus) awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, 'Peace! Be still!' And the wind ceased and there was a great calm." The disciples wondered and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

The story of Jesus calming the storm is one I believe speaks to us about much more than just the weather. Sin has upset this world's peace and tranquility. We all experience the storms of life because we live in a broken sinful world. It might be a storm of health, political disorder, family crisis, job related or emotional, just to name a few. Think of the storms you have faced or are currently facing in your life.   I know that many of you have been facing personal storms.

In the midst of the storm you are not alone. As we cry out to Jesus we know that He is in the boat with us. He speaks His Word. Sometimes He calms the present storms of life we face and other times they continue. But at all times Jesus gives His promises that He is with us and that one day it will all be calm. Our sin will be forgiven, health will be restored, life will be eternal and salvation will be ours because Jesus has faced the greatest storm for us. Under the dark sky of Good Friday Jesus faced the fury and wrath of God against us on account of our sin. But after offering His life the storm passed. Jesus rose from the dead and brings to us the peace and tranquility of new life. Renewed by the Holy Spirit, baptized by Christ, we have the forgiveness of our sins, and the peace and calm of eternal life ahead of us. The economic woes of this world will be solved for God will provide all that we need without cost (Isaiah 55:1). Family troubles will be solved for we will be united together as the family of God. Health will be restored for we will arise and live forever in a new paradise. Painful emotions will be replaced with joy and praise on account of all that Jesus has done for us. Political disorder is calmed for the Father and the Lamb of God will rule over us for all eternity. Even the physical storms will be calmed for in the new heaven and new earth everything will be in perfect balance.

Regardless of what your personal storms may be trust in the Lord and the power of His Word. Be assured that one day every storm of this broken world will be calmed. We will experience the peace of heavenly tranquility forever. Such peace and calm will come to all who trust in Jesus and the power of His Word. Who is this that calms the storms so perfectly and powerfully? This is the Creator, the Lord God, Jesus our Savior. Enjoy the weather, enjoy the summer, and always hear the Word of Jesus as He calms the storms and brings peace into your life. Have a blessed and peaceful summer.

Pastor Schoenfeld