“As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 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?” 39 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. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41, NLT)
This passage is one that you are probably very familiar with. What I want to point out today with this passage is that Jesus wasn’t just with them in the storm, He was there before the storm started and after it ended. If you continue reading you find that it was after the storm that Jesus cast the evil spirit out of a man.
Sometimes we have a habit of going to Jesus only when we are in the midst of a storm. What I want you to see is that He’s there with you before the storm, in the storm, and after the storm. Now, you might be thinking, “Of course, I knew that.” But really, think about it, have you recognized God outside of your storm? He’s not calling you to do things and standing on the sidelines watching you. He’s not asking you to get in the boat and cross the water while He waits on the other side for you to get there. He’s there with you in the middle of the playing field. He’s there with you in the boat as you’re crossing the water.
He knows every aspect and every detail of your life because He’s completely involved. Jesus may be saying to you right now, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” He’s on shore with you right now, He will be in the boat with you, and He will be on shore with you again as you get to the other side. If you do hit a storm, with a word, the wind and waves obey Him.
He’s constantly there, from beginning to end. Begin to evaluate where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you are going. If you do you will see that God has always been there, is still there, and will be there until the end. Go ahead, get in the boat, it’s time to cross the lake.