I am angry and frustrated about a situation. The who and what are unimportant. If I told you my tale you would probably agree that my anger and frustration are justified. But that is not the point. The point is how do I as a Christian, as a daughter, as one who has been forgiven respond?
My devotion this morning took me to a familiar story. The disciples are in the boat, a storm arise, they react in fear, awake Jesus, and He rebuked the storm. But this morning, what caught my attention was the question Jesus asked His disciples when all the hoopla had subsided. “Why are you afraid?”
This morning, I sense Jesus is lovingly looking at me, holding my hand and asking me, “Why are you angry and frustrated my daughter? Do you not trust I am bigger than your perceived wrong. I can redeem the time you feel as if you lost. I can and will work this out for your good.”
So how do I respond in my anger and frustration? I respond as I am responded to – with grace, with love, with forgiveness, with patience, with hope in God. I remember that I can never truly be wronged because He has made me right!
“He awoke, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind subsided, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no trust even now?””
Mark (Mrk) 4:39-40 CJB