Hello Harvest parents!
There is so much going on in our world and it seems confusing and scary to many people. I believe even people of faith are wondering what is truly happening in the heavenly realm as we face many challenges in the earthy one. I walk my dog almost daily, sometimes twice a day, and while doing so I have worship and praise music playing on my phone. As I was lost in my thoughts one day recently I heard a line in a song I’ve listened to many times that stood out to me. The song is “I Will Fear No More” by The Afters and the line is powerful: “Even though I’m in the storm, the storm is not in me.” I had to think and pray on this line for a while to even grasp what it was speaking to my heart. I recalled Jesus sleeping on the boat while his newly called disciples were terrified as a storm pounded their boat and threatened their lives. Mark 4:38 in NKJV says the disciples awoke Him and said: “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
How many of us have ever had a similar cry to Jesus? “Where are You, Jesus?” “Why is this happening to me or my family?” I have many times in the past few years wondered if Jesus really cares about my suffering. That wondering doesn’t usually last long because I think about all those Jesus healed during his ministry who were suffering immensely (lepers, blind, man by the pool of Bethsda, etc). I think about the woman at the well, the woman taken in adultery, and the woman with an issue of blood. He cared deeply about all of their suffering.
In this storm in our world, are we crying out to Jesus in doubt of whether he cares that “we” are perishing? Or are we crying out for His hand to keep the storm OUT of us? Mark 4: 39 says: “The He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” The storm in our world may not cease for a long time—remember who is the god of this world—but the storm does not have to infiltrate our hearts, minds, or spirits.
Please pay attention to your kids, especially those old enough to know some about current events. Instill them with faith and the desire to pray for peace in their own lives and the lives of others who are suffering. If you notice any unusual behaviors or a change in their demeanor, talk to them. Find out if they may be silently suffering with fear of all that is going on. Kids who are stressed or afraid may complain of stomachaches or headaches more than normal. Sit with them and ask them questions, cuddle them, and remind them of the God who loves them even more than you do. The new-ish children’s curriculum is teaching more “meat” than milk. We have prayed the prayer of salvation in pre-school and kids are learning how to recognize the voice of God in their lives. Be mindful of how you talk about events in front of them and of those who believe differently than you. Our kids are watching and hearing us more than we often realize.
Finally, let’s pray for each other, Harvest church, and the worldwide church. We all need to come alive, but with great calm, knowing Who we have committed our lives to—the One who can calm any storm.
Love and blessings,