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Peace, be still DAY 27

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:35-41 In August last year I experienced a deep urgency to record an album. It was the worst time of the year to tackle a project of this magnitude. It was our busiest time of the year and we had no finances and not a single new song. Yet we stepped out in faith. Two months later we had all the funds and recorded a live worship album at the Atterbury theatre. Not knowing what will hit us this year, I released the album the week before our president announced the lockdown. The album’s title is OORWIN (Victory) and this was of course also chosen long before we knew anything. The story gets even more interesting. One of the theme songs is entitled, IN DIE MIDDEL VAN DIE STORM (In the middle of the storm) and this is where I am blown away by God’s faithfulness and the fact that He gave the words to this song long in advance, for a time like this. The lyrics are so relevant to us today and I stand in awe of God’s timing and how this song, that me and my wife wrote in under thirty minutes, has become an anthem for many people in this season. And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. We all have many stories to share of storms we had to face in our lifetime, but I believe this storm with a capital S will go down in human history as one of the greatest catastrophes to hit the globe. Whether on an international, local or personal scale, storms are inevitable. When Jesus shared the parable of the two builders who built their houses on two different foundations – sand and rock, the storm hit both houses. None of us are spared storms in this life. It comes in various shapes, the questions is – how storm-proof is your house? On what foundation is it built? You will notice that I’ve highlighted the word great three times in this passage. The same Greek word, megas, is used all three times. The whole purpose of this ordeal was the last great. “And they were filled with great fear…” Many of us are currently overwhelmed by the great storm we are in and we pray and hope that the great calm will soon come. I would also love for this to pass as soon as possible, but maybe we should rather focus on the outcome. Not just a calm that I also trust will come, but rather a holy reverent awe, a Godly fear and respect to come over us as we realise Who is with us in the boat and who has the authority to calm any storm. Many people are calling out to God for the first time in their lives. Many who have strayed from long forgotten foundations are seeing the sand give way underneath them and they are crying out for help. Maybe that is you. Well, this is a good time to call on the Miracle worker and the Storm-calmer. The biggest storm that many of us have to face currently is not the one ‘out there’, but rather the one ‘in here’. Let us hear how God is saying to that storm: “Peace! Be still…” Stay safe and stand strong. Retief Burger

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