Don’t let your circumstances dictate your situation.
“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” – Mark 4:37-40
I remember when I was a child trying out for the soccer team, but I didn’t make the team. Then one day a friend asked me, “Don’t you play soccer?” I simply replied “No.” My grandmother said, “Don’t ever speak down or believe negative things about yourself.”I was confused and asked her, “What do you mean? I didn’t make the team.” She then told me that I am still a soccer player. I just hadn’t found a team worthy of me.
That statement taught me a lot. It taught me that I should never let temporary circumstances dictate my situation. Just because you don’t have money today doesn’t mean that you are broke. Tomorrow may very well bring you millions.
The disciples focused on the circumstances of the storm not even realizing that their purpose was resting and unconcerned. Do not let what’s going on in your life become your permanent situation for tomorrow and thereafter.
Oh, by the way, I did make another soccer team where I won state championship, and also ended up making the varsity soccer team in 7th grade.
Jean Ward serves as pastor of East Atlanta Church.