The Waves and Wind

Buenos dias. Sorry just got out of Spanish and I definitely almost said “gracias” to the person holding the door for me when walking back from class. A weird glance and a slight look of confusion are always a fun way to start off the week.

Spring break (the earliest ever!) is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more ready to head back to the SC. Then again, I have five 6-8 hour shifts to look forward to at Kohls so for once in my life, sitting in the library doing homework actually seems more appealing than the alternative.

As far as the blog is concerned, I’m trying to get in the habit of making these posts a little shorter (you’re welcome), because if you’re like me you skim for the main points and ignore the babbling. So here goes-

One of my new favorite songs is Bethel’s rendition of It Is Well, (and lucky for you folks, I included it below). If you haven’t heard it before, go ahead and take a listen before reading the rest of this!

So, have you ever been listening to a song, and you think- “wow those lyrics don’t even make sense”? I mean, this does describe about 60% of pop music but that’s besides the point. Every once in a while I come across a Christian song and think the same thing. Actually a lot of hymns have me questioning what the author meant. There is a lyric in Bethel’s It Is Well that says, “Let go my soul and trust Him, the waves and wind still know His name.” Sounds pretty but how does my need to trust God connect with nature knowing his name? Maybe it’s obvious for some of you, but it wasn’t clicking for me.

I’ve been reading through Matthew during my quiet time and came to Matthew 8 today. This chapter tells the story of Jesus in the boat with his disciples. When they went out on the water, Jesus fell asleep, storm became violent, and the disciples became afraid. When they woke Jesus up and questioned his concern, he replied, ” ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. ” (Matt. 8:26)

Did it click?  ‘The waves and wind still know his name’  meaning that the waves, the winds, and things we have no control over still respond to the powerful name of Jesus. They are subject to his authority. Apply this to the broader scope of life and we can know with certainty that every aspect of our world- good or bad, righteous or evil, success or failing, health or sickness- falls subject to the authority and power of God. He has dominion and power over all.

Think back to the song again. We can let go and trust him because even things in our lives that we have no control over (both literal and metaphorical waves and winds of life), God does have control over.

If you’re a Grover- only a few more days until freedom (or your part-time retail job…)! Happy studying!

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