I seem to have found what God has intended for me to do. It is ever evolving of course. But I’ve come to manage this ministry team leader role as if I knew what I was doing. Somehow I knew exactly what I was getting into. It’s every bit what I expected. I can tell you however, that it has been difficult. And I knew that it would be.
I’ve gotten to develop some great friendships that I will remember forever. The thing is though, that I will never see them again. That thought is… well, I don’t even have the words. But thankfully we will always have this summer, and we will also have the internet.
A month from today I will begin the Fall semester at Dallas Theological Seminary. It’s the second half of my first year. And in just two weeks, Summer 2018 for me in Death Valley will come to a close.
This week’s Bible study focuses on weathering the storm of life with Jesus in the boat with you. We had some quality discussion on Wednesday. We even had two guests who saw us studying stop by and join us. They were truly a blessing in encouraging our group to be bold and continue the great commission. The following is our study questions and the passages that we read. Share your answers or questions in the comments!
- Read the Passages below.
- Disregarding the differences in the narratives, what about the story is most interesting to you?
- Why do you think Jesus was asleep?
- What does it mean that Jesus would rebuke the sea?
- Why do you think the disciples wondered who this man (Jesus) was?
- What parallels do you see in this story with your relationship with God?
- What obstacles might prevent you from believing that God has all power?
- What obstacles prevent you from knowing that God cares?
- Why are you afraid?
- Where is your faith today?
Matthew 8:23-27 ESV
Jesus Calms a Storm
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Mark 4:35-41 ESV
Jesus Calms a Storm
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other
side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Luke 8:22-25 ESV
Jesus Calms a Storm
22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
One of the things you wish you never have to deal with happened. Our community here in Death Valley has experienced the passing of a coworker.
I really don’t have the words to express how it’s been. It happened. People were mourning. And now things are back to normal. But for so many people I know that it is not. She was a kind soul to so many people that I can’t imagine how her closest friends are feeling.
We held a prayer and reflection service. It was informal, and I felt so inadequate for leading it. I didn’t know what I was doing, but it doesn’t matter. God is in charge, and I know that He guided that time in the way that He intended.
We’ve had so many people praying for the community here in Death Valley. It’s been good. All I can say is that I’m grateful for the people I have around me and around the country.