Psalms 107:29-30 (NKJV)
“He calms the storm,
So that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So he guides them to their desired haven.”
“Then they are glad because they are quiet.”
These words are music to me. Then, in reading the different stories of The Lord calming the sea, I found this:
“He came to them, walking on the sea, and would of passed them by. (Mark 6:48 NKJV)
As if he was intending to pass them by – and was wishing to pass them by, which is the more literal translation.
As I was thinking more about this I saw that this “age-long minute” was apart of the spiritual preparation of these men for a life that at that time was unimagined by them – a life of fearless faith and witness in the absence of any manifestation of the power of their Lord; and it must be the same today,
Such ‘minutes’ must be in our lives, unless our training is to be unlike that of every saint and warrior who ever lived.
Our ‘minute’ may seem endless – “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?” (Ps 13:1) cried David out of the depths of his minute – but perhaps looking back we shall see in such an experience a great and shining opportunity.
Words are spoken then that are spoken at no other time, such as the time the immortal words to John the Baptist, “And blessed is he who is not offended because of me.” (Matt 11:6)
We have a chance to prove our glorious God, to prove that His joy is strength and that his peace passes all understanding, and to know the love of Christ passes all knowledge – and the ‘minute’ always ends in one way, there is no other ending recorded anywhere:
“But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.. and the wind ceased” (Mark 6:50-51)
“Then they are glad because they are quiet; so he guides them to their desired haven.” (Psalms 107:30)