Peace be still
Text: Mark 4:35-40
“Peace, be still.” Have sweeter words ever been spoken? The story of Jesus calming the storm isn’t new to most people- the storm was raging, the disciples were panicking, Jesus displayed His magnificent power and calmed the storm, Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. But have you ever noticed the order of those last two events? Jesus calmed the storm, and then taught the lesson.
There are no shortage of storms when raising children. Someone is hurt, someone is crying, there’s broken glass all over the kitchen floor, the kids are panicking. I realized that far too often, I am trying to scold and/or teach while in the midst of the storm. And, big surprise, that’s when my volume level rises! Soon I’m nearly as frantic as the kids, and when everything finally does calm down, I have to repeat everything I just said because no one could focus before!
Maybe this is overly simple, but I’ve been trying to watch myself very carefully these past few weeks. And I’m making a point to be very quiet, soothing when necessary, until the storm has calmed. Then we can all focus on what needs to be said. After all, God speaks to His children so often in that still, small voice. Why shouldn’t I strive to do the same?