Deep Calls to Deep
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me...
I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
- Psalm 42:7, 9
This week we've been thinking about the story of Jesus asleep on the boat as the disciples panicking as they are about to drown. (That passage is at the bottom if you'd like to review it).
Back in the prayer book of the Bible, the book of Psalms, there's a prayer that exactly describes how the disciples were feeling. What's encouraging about this prayer is that it is so very honest. The author of this psalm named the fact that they were sinking and named the feeling of feeling forgotten by God. Apparently, this is not only acceptable, but normal for believers. In fact, it's exactly what we see the disciples doing in the boat - struggling for their life, wondering if Jesus had forgotten them.
Be courageous today and name one area of your life where it feels like God has forgotten you. Now say to God, your Rock, "Why have you forgotten me in this area of my life?" Sit, grieve, listen, and hope.
Here's that passage about the disciples on the boat:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
- Luke 8:22-25