Letters from miles apart

23 Feb

Hey love, I know you aren’t close enough to hand deliver my notes anymore but I still thought you should know what I am thinking and praying for. After all no body else knows me like you and sharing with you was one of my earliest marriage vows. I read Mark 4:35-41 today about Jesus calming the storm. I have often heard preachers relate this to the “storms” of life so I am not breaking any new ground but it made sense to me today. The disciples who were trained as fisherman and accustomed to the water get on a boat expecting this time to be like all the rest. They have seen storms but they have always survived and they board this time expecting nothing new, nothing unexpected, certainly nothing deadly. They know it is possible to die out there but not one of them expects that today, there have been too many “normal” days to expect the merely possible.

Then the storm hits and their response seems to fit the experience of almost all who wake up one day to find that possible and deadly have replaced normal. They cry “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” When their journey switched from normal and expected to potentially fatal their fear and their faith collided. The ongoing run of bad news we have had can make us ask the same question. We need help quickly and every request seems to fall on deaf ears. But, those feelings are not the last word. Jesus responds and says two things, it seems like one is for the disciples and the other for the storm. First, PEACE. It might be directed at the storm, but isn’t that what we often hear when fear chokes out faith. Jesus doesn’t want to save us from trouble, He wants to transform us by and with trouble. So, first He tells us to have peace, to find a way to be peaceful while the storm is raging. He deals with us before He deals with the circumstances that daunt us.

Then when the storm is passed He diagnoses the issue. “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” We are only afraid of what we think is beyond His ability to control or redeem. Whether that is a real storm or death or loneliness, if we believed that He is master over it then fear will always lose to faith. That is how faith gives us peace in storms. I love how you see the disciples faith expand by the end. They are amazed by Jesus’ ability to control the waves. They will no longer fear a storm because they have seen that Jesus is Lord over the wind and waves. For me it is helpful to remember all the ways Jesus has responded to our needs on this voyage. The material, physical, and spiritual responses. And with lent pushing us towards good Friday it is good to remember that Jesus is Lord over death too. Now then what is their to be afraid of?

I miss you and love you.

7 Responses to “Letters from miles apart”

  1. ace rocke February 23, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Oh yes!

  2. Amanda February 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    As I was dong my Bible Study this morning I came a crossed this & immediatly you came into my thoughts so I am passing this along.

    Isaiah 42:16 “I will lead the blind by ways they have to known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn darkness into light before them and make rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;I will not forsake them.

    I thank you for sharing your journey with us. I love seeing how God is working within you & through you & your families lives. Xoxo

    • Jeanie Micale February 25, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      As I was doing my devotions this morning, this verse came to my mind also and I wrote it down. Such a comfort to know that God will lead us when we don’t know the road on which we are traveling. So grateful that He is our light in the midst of dark trials.

  3. aunt sue February 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm #


  4. Jodi Tucker February 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Yes beautiful!

    • The McMullen's February 24, 2013 at 7:08 am #

      Allie & Adam, I almost feel guilty that as I include you every morning in my prayers and log on to read your post to stay close to your circumstances…it is us who are blessed and encouraged. If it brings you joy to know God is working through you…please feel giddy with joy today. God is present and you are loved.

  5. Tiffany Toms February 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I feel almost silly, considering your journey. But, as I have struggled with dibiliating anxiety for the last 15 years, this very personal letter between you and your husband touches me more than you know. It calls me to seek Him in my life more honestly. Thank you.

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