DayBreaks for 1/18/16 – They Still Know His Name

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Photo Galen C. Dalrymple, 2016, Sea of Galilee at sunset.

DayBreaks for 1/18/16: They Still Know His Name

“Grander earth has quaked before

Moved by the sound of His voice

Seas that are shaken and stirred

Can be calmed and broken for my regard…” – It Is Well, Bethel Music (link to YouTube for this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI)

It was less than two weeks ago that I found myself on a boat crossing the sea of Galilee. I’d seen it before, but never been on the water. A gentle breeze was blowing and I found myself in thought about what had happened on that body of water 2000 years ago, when a man fell asleep in the back of the boat in the middle of a storm. The waves and wind screamed out in their torment while he slept peacefully.

Those with him feared for their lives – the boat, they would tell him after waking him, was sinking and they would all drown. His reaction was to speak – to tell the wind and sea to be calm – and instantly the storm was over. Why? Because they recognized the voice and name of the One who had made them and to Whose will they were still subject. And at that realization, the fear of the disciples changed from the storm to Whomever this was that was in the boat with them.

You’ve heard the story so many times before. You’ve thought about the implications – about the storm on the sea as an analogy for the storms in our lives and how Jesus calms us. But being on the sea makes it come alive with new meaning.

I have had storms in my life. I, like those in the boat with Him, have been afraid. I have called out to Him in the storm. Sometimes it seemed as if He couldn’t hear me over the raging of the storm. Sometimes I doubted that He would answer even if He could hear me – for I was too sinful. Sometimes it seemed as if He wasn’t even there (if he ever had been there), and I trembled in frustration and fear and pain.

Yet in hindsight, I can see that even at those moments, He was there. He did hear. And as with the disciples in the boat, He did care. He took action out of regard for the disciples, and he took action for me, too, not just that day He was on the boat with them, but on ALL those days when I so desperately needed Him.

I find myself not as fearful these days after having the luxury of being able to look back over 63 years of life and seeing that He has never once really let me down or let me drown. And now there is a quieter spirit in my soul that believes, ever so slightly more, that He never will fail me or let me down.

Why do I have that comfort? Not because my faith is so much stronger or that I deserve it more or because there are not storms in my life, but because of two things: 1) I have seen His faithfulness, but even more because 2) the wind and the waves still know His name, and they must yield to Him.

Mark 4:37-41 (NLT) But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

TODAY’S PRAYER:  Jesus, how comforting it is to know that the same winds and seas that knew your voice and authority 2000 years ago still know who you are – and they still obey you instantly. In the shrieking storms that assail our lives, let us take comfort in knowing that everything in heaven and on earth and in all creation MUST yield to your voice when you speak – and that you act and speak on our behalf throughout our entire lifetime. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 04/18/11 – Cape of Storms

DayBreaks for 04/18/11 – The Cape of Storms

The Cape of Storms becomes the Cape of Good Hope

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5

For many centuries, the southernmost point of Africa has experienced horrifying storms.  The storms were often so severe there that for many years no one even knew what lay beyond that point of land, for no ship that had attempted to navigate around that point had ever returned to tell the tale. It should not be surprising that the ancients had a name for it: the “Cape of Storms.” Finally, in the 16th century, a brave Portuguese explorer by the name of Vasco De Gama successfully sailed around that point and found beyond the wild raging storms, a great calm sea, and beyond that, the shores of India. The name of that cape was then changed from the Cape of Storms to the Cape of Good Hope.

Until Jesus Christ rose from the dead, death had been the cape of storms on which all hopes of life beyond had been wrecked. No one knew what lay beyond that point until, on Easter morning Christ moved past that point and showed us the glory that lay beyond. His disciples trembled in fear, even after seeing evidence of His resurrection. Eventually, Christ turns their Cape of Storms into a Cape of Good Hope with His appearance and the peace He brings.

May He turn this day into a Day of Good Hope and your life into a song of praise!

PRAYER: We give you glory and praise, Lord God Almighty, for conquering death and giving us the one, true Good Hope!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks 2/28/11 – Propped Up on the Leanin’ Side

DayBreaks for 2/28/11 – Propped Up on the Leanin’ Side

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.- Luke 6:47-49, ESV

Battered by the storms...

A good friend sent this to me, and I thought it was well worth posting.  I unfortunately don’t know the author’s name:

“Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leanin’ side.’ After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.

“He answered, ‘Well sir, you see, it’s like this…. I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time; it’s withstood a lot of weather; it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years.

“It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit.

“So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall.

“Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn.  I’ve been around a long time…I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing too.

“But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times.

“Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t . So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.”

Galen’s Thoughts: One of the unpredictable things about storms is which way the wind will blow.  Most places have a prevailing wind that puts pressure on the side of buildings and trees that makes them lean in a downwind direction.  Those are the kinds of winds that we have grown familiar with all our lives: the particular temptation that plagues you, the hurts that seem to recur over and over and over.  Then, every once in a while, the wind shifts direction and catches us off balance.  We don’t expect it – we find an unexpected pressure beating on us.  Perhaps it is in those moments that we are even more in perilous straits.  It doesn’t really matter where the storm comes from.  What does matter is the foundation and support we have when it strikes.  It does no good to prop yourself up with 2×2’s when you need a steel pole.  Jesus is the one support guaranteed to never collapse or fail you, no matter how strongly the winds beat against you.

If you stare at the picture of the barn for a bit, you will see Who will help us stand straight and tall again. Do You See HIM?  (I don’t know who made up the picture, or I’d give them credit for it, too.)

PRAYER: God, it seems like there has been an abundance of storms and strong winds lately sweeping across our lives and across the world.  At times we are tempted to think that everything is going to come crashing down, taking us with it.  Help us to remember that it is not “what” that holds us up, but “Who.”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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