Right about now, the school year is in full swing and so is everything else. The paperwork on your desk is stacking up at the same time the holiday stress is lurking around the corner. However, even in the midst of all that is going on around us there is something we can do to stay above ground.
In Mark chapter 4, there is a scene described where Jesus is riding in a boat with his disciples. Verse 37 says, A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.
First of all, this huge, violent wind and rain storm seemed to come out of nowhere. The disciples panicked, as anyone would, but Jesus was resting while all of this was going on around him. This scene has always been very interesting to me. However, after being in the classroom for a number of years, I can still relate to what this scene is teaching. So, here are a couple of lessons I get from it.
- No matter what is going on around you, you can still keep your composure
- In the midst of the most chaotic times in your life, you must make time to rest.
I think both of these lessons go hand in hand. The more I make time to rest, spend quiet time in the word and take intentional moments to be thankful…then I am more able to keep my composure. Otherwise, I will feel like I am sinking and being overtaken by the circumstances around me. So, go ahead and take care of what you need to do every day, but don’t forget to take the necessary time to rest. Jesus did it right in the middle of a storm, and so can you!
Do Everything in Love