I live in Colorado, which is mostly a delightful place to call home. However, my least favorite aspect of the weather here is the wind. Although windy days are not uncomon, they are not usually unpleasant. But occasionally they can become so.
We had such a day this past week. Gusts up to 100 MPH. Yuck. Time to hold on tight to Toto and all your other little dogs (ours is called Piglet).
It just so happens that we decided to add a new nativity scene to our outdoor Christimas decorations this year. Knowing that very windy days are possible, we tend to anchor our outdoor decorations very well. After the storm subsided, we went outside to survey the damage, which turned out not to be too bad. The whole nativity scene had been shaken apart, but all the pieces were lying face down on the ground. It seems that the worst thing that happened is that one of our three wisemen got blown away, and is probably halfway to Kansas by now (so in our household, the Christmas carol now says, “We two kings of Orient are bearing gifts we traverse afar…”).
In the aftermath of the storm, I was discussing the damage with my father-in-law, who lives with us. When it became apparent that the worst thing that happened was that one of our wisemen escaped, I said, “Well, at least we’ve still got Jesus.”
As soon as I said it, I thought that would be a good topic for my blog this week.
Because, while it is certainly good news for my nativity scene, it’s even better news for my life. And for yours, too.
Here’s the thing: Jesus never promised that there would be no storms in our lives. In fact, he pretty much guaranteed that there would be:
Of course, we all wish there would be no storms in our lives, but that’s not the way the world works right now. At least there’s good news, though: Jesus has overcome the world! We can have peace in him.
As long as we have to endure storms, what could be better than having Jesus on our side?
In the fourth chapter of Mark, there’s a story about Jesus and his disciples traveling by boat when a huge storm came up. Even the dsciples who were professional fishermen were afraid for their lives. But was Jesus worried?
Nope. He was so exhausted that he was sound asleep.
In a panic, his friends woke him up.
What did Jesus do? He commanded the storm:
And the storm listened to him!
Whatever storms we are struggling against in our lives, we should call upon our friend, who is in the boat with us. The Prince of Peace can say to those storms, “Peace, be still!”
This is how he gives us the peace–his peace–that makes no sense to the watching world. And this is why it’s such great news that no matter what happens, at least we still have Jesus.