Hey dudes! I’m back from camp! I had a pretty rad time being able to minister to age groups ranging from nine to seventeen. I’ve made a lot of incredible memories, tons of new friends, and have seen Jesus working throughout this summer.
During my time away I had the opportunity to work with the Grace Adventure’s curriculum and teach it in my own words. I’m going to be doing a mini series of some of the stuff I taught at camp. I’m super stoked about it, and I hope you dudes are too!
I’m going to begin this series with Mark 4:35-39 which says,
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
In this story we have Jesus and His twelve disciples all chilling in a boat. I could see Jesus being pretty exhausted at this point, because right before this He was out teaching some deep deep deep parables. Like I’m talking real deep. Like don’t go swimming without floaties kind of deep.
Jesus goes for a little snooze and passes out during a huge storm. Everyone’s freaking out. There’s water crashing on the boat, people are screaming and running around, no one can hear their own thoughts, maybe James slips on the water and smashes into Peter, who knows what’s going on within this chaos.
So, like any good Christian does, the disciples call to Jesus for help. I like to picture Jesus waking up with a yawn. Then after He finishes rubbing His eyes He starts to make a trudging motion toward the center of the boat, yells out in a loud Gandalf voice, “QUIET! BE STILL”, then after His talk with the disciples makes the same trudging motion back to the bedroom, and crashes. Don’t take my word though, I wasn’t there.
During this story we see the disciples afraid for their lives. They believe that their boat is going to sink. They’re panicking, so they ask Jesus to solve all of their problems.
It makes sense…I mean, I do the same thing. I go through a huge problem, and ask Jesus to fix it.
We’ve all done it before. I don’t know your lives, but I know we’ve all worried about something. We’ve all created unneeded anxiety. And we’ve all turned to Jesus for help.
Now I’m not condemning the disciples about asking for help. In fact I congratulate them for not trying to fix the problem themselves (although it would have been funny to see Matthew trying to stop the waves by screaming “STOP IT YOU DUMB IGNORANT STORM). They at least understand that Jesus can fix problems, but why do they worry? Why do they panic? If Jesus can solve their problem, then whats the point of freaking out? Well…there shouldn’t be any freaking out. If the disciples trusted Jesus, then they would have known that Jesus wasn’t going to let their boat sink. They would have known that Jesus has got their backs.
So why do we worry? Why are we afraid? Matthew 19:26 tells us that with God nothing is impossible, yet we still freak out when trouble arises. We still fear the unknown. We have a brief moment of disbelief and start to question if God can actually help us, or we just forget about Him completely.
When hard times press on, do not worry. God will always be there for you. He was with you in the beginning, He is with you now, and He will always be there for you.
God knows us. He knows everything about us. He knows our wants, our needs, and even our worries and fears. He knows our problems before they happen, and He knows the solution before we do.
The storms of life may be hitting you hard right now. Maybe there are waves that are crashing onto your boat and you feel as if you are going to sink, but it’s not true. God will not let your boat sink. God won’t let life drown you.
In John chapter 13 there’s a very similar story to the one we were just going over. In verses 21-25 we see Jesus and His disciples at the Passover feast. Jesus tells the disciples that one of them is going to betray Him, and of course they start to panic. There’s probably a lot of worry in the disciples eyes. They’re probably trying to assume who’s going to be the betrayer, and they’re starting to point fingers at one another. But amidst all of the uproar, we see John reclining next to Jesus. John wasn’t in a panic. John wasn’t worried. John knew he wasn’t going to betray Jesus because John honestly loved Jesus and he knew Jesus loved Him. John even called himself the beloved disciple. His identity was found in being loved by Jesus, so John did not worry about the problem because he knew that Jesus was on his side.
Jesus knows you, and He knows that He’s never letting you go. He’s got you, so don’t freak out. Don’t worry. Relax and trust God. He’ll handle it. And remember, to live is Christ and to die is gain. So if your problem is so big that you believe you’re going to die, why worry? Living in heaven is more of a gain than living on Earth.
You are known by the God who created the universe. He knows what problems are going to happen in your lives before they even happen, so why worry about the circumstances of life?
Don’t freak out. Don’t worry. Jesus has got your life in His hands, and He’s not letting you go.
I love you dudes, but more importantly, Jesus loves you dudes.