Those of us who serve small churches need to apply this passage to each of our situations. Especially when we are easily frustrated and want to give up and quit.
“LIving in the eye of the storm”
Every community has had at least one big storm and everyone still talks about it. Even after years. Mine was the Blizzard of 77 in Indiana. Yet, some storms are one word: cancer, bankruptcy, divorce, widowed, and etc.
3 lessons of this passage in Mark
1. You can be in the center of the storm and at the same time in the center of God’s will.
- Jesus told His disciples to get into the boat and go across the lake. He knew there was a storm coming.
- Strange territory and there is no landmark that is recognizable which makes us fear.
2. Don’t ever give up; even if it looks like the ship is going down.
- The disciples were straining with the oars against the wind for 9 hours.
- Ist it possible that if they quit rowing, then there is no boat for Jesus to get into?
- It’s always too soon to quit.
- A Holy life is obedience; like keeping the boat afloat.
3. Even though you can’t figure God out you still have to be willing to let God, even though you are terrified.
- Knowing you’re not alone in the darkness is worth hanging in there.
The mark of a Holy life is not success; it is obedience of trusting the heart of God.
This is what many small church goers and pastors are called to today. This sermon spoke to me, in the context of my frustration of seeing where our church stood in comparison with other Wesleyan churches in our district. However, as Dr. Ott pointed out, for others there are storms in life that are more devestating than where our church ended up statistically. Therefore, this outline is able to speak hope into your soul in whatever tough situation that you are in.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to quit or give up. Let’s all hang in there together, and wait for Jesus to get into our boats. Then we will find peace.