And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” -Mark 4:37-38 (ESV)

It’s been a never-ending storm, but it feels like you’re the only one affected.

Sometimes it seems like the whole world is in a better place when your spirit is at its lowest. Maybe it’s during a festive holiday season that we’re stressed over bills, a loved one, or a relationship. Maybe it’s depression, doubt, addiction, or not being where we thought we’d be in life. Whatever it is, it can make you feel lonely, suffocated, and hopeless.

There is relief in sight. We only need to look up.

One well-loved event in the bible is when Jesus and His apostles were in their tiny boat on the Sea of Galilee, and a squall suddenly arose, which started filling their boat with water. The boats of that time were more like shallow dinghies than the boats we’re used to seeing…and with so many men in the boat, that would have been downright frightening.

The apostles were so alarmed that they asked Jesus if He cared that they would perish. Have you ever felt like that, wondering where Jesus was when your storms were tossing you around?

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. -Mark 4:39 (ESV)

As long as we look around, there’s only violent wind and waves. But when we look up to fix our eyes Jesus, He can calm any storm.

The storms of life will come, but He is our constant through them all. Our hope is in Him alone!

Today’s soundtrack

Aaron Shust’s “My Hope Is In You” reminds us how our hope is always in Him.