The book of John begins like this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Eugene Peterson translates those words like this: “The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!—came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.”
Jesus, who stood face to face with God, left Heaven because of me, because of you. I was worth it, you were worth it. He came because He loves us and didn’t want us to be away from Him; He didn’t want us to be away from God. He came because His life creates and radiates light. And, with His life and light, He could defeat death and darkness for us. And He did.
For me. And for you.
When Holy Spirit reminds me that this same Jesus stands with us now, right here, right now—both in the quiet, peaceful moments, and in the lonely and intense moments of trial and stress, I find it amazing. It’s disrupting and comforting at the same time. It’s disrupting because I so often assume I’m alone. It’s just hard for me to get my mind around the truth that someone so powerful and perfect would want to be with me—here, now, always. In the mess and mundane, with me.
But it’s also incredibly comforting to know that He is . . . and to trust that when things get bad, when life gets hard, that He’ll be here then, too. And that I will be able to lean on Him. Because He can stand in any storm—even in ones where I cannot.
Holy Spirit said, “This is what I want to tell you: if you get to know me now, when times are less tumultuous, if you let me show you things that will deepen your faith, deepen your relationship with me, you will have greater comfort in the storm. You will know to look for me; you will know where I stand. You will know how I care for you. You will know how I do not waver in my love for you. Fear will not overwhelm you. For you will be connected to me—through your love for me. For although my love doesn’t change, your ability to receive my love does change. And you can ask me to develop and increase that ability in you. And you should, because My love in you—all that love from me—strengthens you and helps you keep your eyes on hope.”
Let’s open our hearts and our minds to Jesus right now, for a moment. Let’s take this opportunity to ask Him how He would like us to connect with Him in this season. Let’s turn to Him and ask, what’s one thing we can do, in this season, to get to know Him more and deepen our faith?
Join us for “Standing In Storms.”