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After the Storm a Calm
by Rick Musick 
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After the Storm a Calm
Insert (2) 8-27-09

As the Sun began to set and the skies became increasingly dark I felt an uneasiness. Something seemed amiss, like this was not going to be an ordinary night. Off in the distance you could hear the rumble of thunder, and see the flash of lightening. The storm was without a doubt coming this direction. It was the darkest night, I could sense that things could get bad. As the storm approached the winds began to pick up, sheets of rain began to pour down from the heavens, thunder became louder, and the lightening lit up the sky like nature was angry, and I was it’s victim.
Fear struck my heart when the loud crackling sound lightening struck something nearby. I jumped with fear when at the same time the sound of thunder was deafening.
This was turning bad very quick. I felt like, this is it, “I will not live through this storm…
But as I stood trembling peering into the darkness, between the frequent flashes of lightening I saw something walking my direction, but who or what would possibly be walking in such a storm? Was I seeing things? Hallucinating? My mind playing tricks on me? I squinted into the inky blackness and as lightening lit up the sky, I could see this figure getting closer, walking towards me. My heart began to pound within my chest! What was this, who was this? A spirit?
Then I heard his voice, amazingly calm, amazingly clear, sharp and crisp. It resonated above the sound of falling rain, and thunder, “He called my name!” Through the night, through the rain, through the fear…It was Jesus and He knows my name! Just as Jesus spoke to the storm In (Mark 4:39) And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. After the storm a calm, and I am thankful.
A good friend gave me a revelation concerning this scripture. It really opened my understanding to what might have really taken place on that stormy night. Jesus turned to the disciples who were scared for there lives. Place yourself in there situation. They are being tossed to and fro, the small ship is flooded by waves, they are soaked through and through, hanging on with all there might, fear grips there hearts, they feel as if they are about to perish, and the prince of peace looked at them first and said, “Peace!” then Jesus turned to the storm and commanded, “Be still!” …And there was a calm! They feared for their lives, I feared for my future. Jesus is Lord of both.
When the ship of your life encounters a life altering storm. Jesus will either come walking through your storm crying out to you those very encouraging words: “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid!” Or Jesus will hear your cry and bring peace to you and calm the troubled storms of your life, and there will be a great calm! Our lives can be somewhat like what the psalmist wrote about in Psalms 107:

Psalms 107:23-31
(23) They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
(24) These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
(25) For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
(26) They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
(27) They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
(28) Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
(29) He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
(30) Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
(31) Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Do not give up on life, ‘Stay with the ship‘, and discover that Christ Jesus is indeed the master of your storm. There will be the dawning of a new day. The sun will shine again, you will hear birds singing, roses will bloom, joy will flood your soul as you discover that the comforter really comforts, and the master of the universe still does miracles, and life after the storm is really worth living, and God deserves all the praise you will ever be able to offer him. It will be his goodness that brought you through the storm, his wonderful works that brought you to your desired haven.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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