Peace is Possible—Even When Storms Rage!

     Today, the Thursday before Easter Sunday, is known as Maundy Thursday.

     Maundy Thursday is the holy day remembering the final meal Jesus shared with his beloved friends.

     It was on this Thursday Jesus bent low to wash the feet of his disciples, giving them an example of servant leadership.

     It was on Maundy Thursday, the day before his brutal crucifixion, Jesus journeyed with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Garden—where I was privileged to pray almost seven months ago—an anguished Jesus cried out to God three different times,

      “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.”

     Finally, Jesus concluded with words John Piper calls the greatest prayer in the world[1], “Yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Read this full account in Luke 22)

     I believe following his prayer, Jesus felt the assurance of these words from Isaiah: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”

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     I love water. My soul is nurtured when I walk on an ocean beach or along the lake. But, the truth is, deep water frightens me. I’ve taken swimming lessons several times, but freeze up when we head to the deep end of the pool.

     Perhaps, my fearfulness of deep water is one of the reasons Isaiah 43:1 & 2 is an extremely important portion of Scripture for me.

     A few days ago in my blog post, I referenced several different people I care about who are experiencing the possibility of being overcome by the raging waters of scary life circumstances. A lot in life can be frightening.

     I don’t know what type of fears you may be struggling with today, but, without a doubt, I believe Jesus knows and cares.

     My prayer for you this Easter season is that your personal storm will be calmed by the gentle voice of Jesus speaking “Peace, be still!”

     Happy Easter!

Sue Reeve

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