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Transformation Garden - January 22, 2015

  • 2015 Jan 22

January 22

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage, and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

Psalm 27: 14
Amplified Bible

“It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures which a Christian soldier learns not without years of training…There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord knows not what part to take. Then what is it we are to do? Vex (ourselves) by despair. Fly back in cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption? No! Simply wait. Wait in prayer. Call upon God, and spread the case before Him; tell Him your difficulty and plead His promise of aid. In dilemmas between one duty and another, it is sweet to be humble as a child, and wait with simplicity of soul upon the Lord. Wait in faith. Express your unstaggering confidence in God…Believe that if He keeps you tarrying even till midnight, yet He will come at the right time, the vision shall come and shall not tarry. Say, Now, Lord, not my will, but Thine be done. I know not what to do; I am brought to extremities, but I will wait until Thou shall cleave the floods, or drive back my foes, I will wait, if Thou keep me many a day, for my heart is fixed upon Thee alone, O God, and my spirit waiteth for Thee in the full conviction that Thou will yet be my joy and my salvation, my refuge and my strong tower.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Today’s Study Text:

“And a furious storm of wind, of hurricane proportions, arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.”

Mark 4: 37
Amplified Bible


“The Farce We Call Fear” Part 13
“In the Midst of a Furious Storm”

“If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.”

Thomas Watson

Has there been a time in my life when I felt so battered it seemed as if I was in the midst of a horrific storm?

What trials and troubles am I having which threaten to swamp my “boat” right now?

Does the storm which encompasses me make me feel afraid?

Have I called out to my Lord and Master, Jesus Christ?

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows, like sea-billows roll,

Whatever my lot,

Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Horatio Gates Spafford


“Difficulties are not a passing condition that we must allow to blow over like a storm so that we can set to work when the calm returns. They are the normal condition.”

Charles de Foucauld

All the boats had pushed off, out into the open sea, when suddenly a furious storm arose. I appreciate the detail found in Scripture regarding this event. The New International Version calls the storm “a furious squall” and the Amplified Bible notes it was a storm of “hurricane proportions.” This wasn’t one of your run-of-the-mill storms. This was something quite different. This storm was on such a large scale that the waves threatened to swamp all the boats.

I’ve been fortunate to have wonderful experiences on the water in my life. But I’ve known many people who can relate to the people on Galilee who were terrified by the wind and waves. My sister and her family, along with a group of close friends, experienced a terrible storm when out on Lake Powell. It was in the middle of the night when a fierce thunderstorm struck and the houseboat they were renting was being battered so severely by the smaller boats tied to the side of the large houseboat. As they tried to secure the smaller boats with lightening striking all around and waves pushing water into the small boats, the windshield on the boat snapped off and hit my sister’s friend in the face. They thought at first that the force of this huge piece of metal and plastic would take her life. Thankfully, I can report that because there were so many trained medical people in the group, with the aid of an emergency medical helicopter, my sister’s friend was transported to a well-equipped hospital for emergency care. But for a long-time after this horrific accident the group of friends were not as eager to be out on the lake in a remote location, especially in the dark of night.

Having experience with fierce storms on Galilee, it would seem that the disciples, a number of whom were fishermen by trade, would be used to being out on that lake at night. And it would seem their ability to handle the wind and waves would give them an edge. Not so with this hurricane-like storm.

As I thought about the position the disciples found themselves in, my thoughts turned to the “storms” so many of us encounter in our own lives. And I’m not talking about watery storms. I’m referring to the gust of bad health that without a moments notice lands you flat on your back. Or the financial hurricane that upends your life in ways you could never have imagined. These aren’t all the different types of storms which swamp our boats. All you need to do is read our weekly prayer blasts to find out how huge the variety is – storms that affect our marriages, our children, our family life, and our jobs. Before we know it, we are bailing water as fast as we can, hoping we won’t sink or worse yet, drown. When the unexpected hits us in our most vulnerable spots it is easy to let fear get the upper hand, especially when it is dark all around.

In his book, Prescription for Anxiety, Leslie D. Weatherhead shares this insight regarding the dark and stormy times we all face in our lives: “Like everybody, I love and prefer the sunny uplands of experience, when health, happiness and success abound, but I have learned far more about God and life and myself in the darkness of fear and failure than I have ever learned in the sunshine. There are such things as the treasures of darkness. The darkness, thank God, passes. But what one learns in the darkness, one possesses for ever.” In the words of Bishop Fénelon, “The trying things which you fancy come between God and you, will prove a means of unity with Him; if you bear them humbly.” The great Scottish American Pastor, Peter Marshall, points out, “God will never permit any trouble to come upon us unless He has a specific plan by which great blessings can come out of the difficulty.” This is something vital which I would encourage us to keep in mind as we feel tossed and turned on the sea, feeling that our life is in peril. For in the midst of the storm, as F.R. Maltby notes, “Jesus promises His (children – you and me) three things – we can be “completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.”

How can we have the confidence to cross the violent sea in complete darkness and with hurricane force winds? We must never forget that Jesus is right there with us in the boat!

“When winds and waves assault my Keel,
He doth preserve it, He doth steer,
Even when the boat seems most to reel.
Storms are the triumph of His art;
Though He may close His eyes,
Yet not His heart.”

George Herbert


“I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left – feeling abandoned, bereft. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14: 27
The Message Bible

He Gives Me Peace in the Midst of the Storm

“When the world I’ve been living in crumbles at my feet,
When my life is all tattered and torn;
See, I’ve been wind-swept, I’ve been battered,
But I’ll cling to the cross.
He gives me peace in the midst of the storm.

He gives me peace in the midst of my storm-tossed life.
He’s my Anchor, He’s my Rock,
I can build my faith upon.
Jesus Christ is my Refuge, in Him I can hide,
He gives me peace in the midst of the storm.

When the world you’ve been living in,
It may crumble at your feet.
If your life is all tattered and torn,
I want to testify, that I’ve been windswept,
I’ve been battered but I’ll cling to His cross,
He gives me peace in the midst of the storm.

One more thing, when I come to the end of my journey,
All of living seems but one moment.
When my doctor shakes his head and looks forlorn –
I know Jesus Christ, He makes my bedside,
He makes it a cathedral of faith and hope –
He gives me peace in the midst of the storm.

Keep looking to Jesus –
He’ll give you peace, yes He will,
In the midst of the storm,
You don’t have to worry,
He’ll be your Anchor,
He’ll be your Rock you can build your faith upon.
Jesus Christ, He is my Refuge, and in Him can I hide,
Yes, He’ll give me peace in the midst of the storm.

I’ll keep singing to Jesus ‘cause
He’s my Anchor and He’s my Refuge –
I can build my faith upon.
Look to Jesus!
He’ll give you peace in the midst of the storm.”

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Live With Friends
“Peace In The Midst of the Storm”
Featured soloist: Alvin Slaughter

“Then (I) cried out to the Lord in (my) trouble, and He brought (me) out of (my) distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. (I) was glad when it grew calm, and He guided (me) to the desired haven.”

Psalm 107: 28, 29, 30

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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