Then He got up, ordered the wind to stop, and said to the sea, " Be still, absolutely still ! "
The wind stopped blowing, and the sea became very calm. MARK 4 : 39
ARE YOU STILL CARRYING THAT SUITCASE AROUND WITH YOU ? ..You know that suitcase from your past .. the one where you have neatly stored all you past pains, fears, distrust, anger and bitterness .. Well, are you still carrying it around with you ? ..
So, if you are still carrying the suitcase full of your past around with you .. Are you having fun with it ? .. Is it bringing you happiness and joy ? .. Does it fill you with peace every time you open it up and go for a little trip down memory lane ?
Do you feel like you have a constant storm raging inside of you ? .. Does it feel as though your soul is in a tiny boat that is being battered and beaten by wave after wave of unresolved issues ? .. Do you feel like you are sinking because dragging your past around with you is weighing you down and wearing you out ?
In the above Scripture, we are told the story of the night when Jesus took His disciples on a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee .. As they were on their journey, a violent storm came up .. The wind was so strong that it caused the waves to crash up against their boat, throwing them around and filling the boat with water .. The disciples began to panic in the midst of the storm .. But Not Jesus .. He was fast asleep at the back of the boat.
The disciples scrambled to wake Him up, and when Jesus was awake they asked Him why He did not care that they were all about to drown .. Initially Jesus did not address the disciples, instead He calmly stood up and spoke to nature .. He ordered the wind and the sea to stop and to become calm and still .. In an instant the storm was over and they were surrounded by a great calmness and peace.
So, is your past - filled suitcase making you feel a little like the disciples felt on their sinking boat ? ..
Here's Another Question ..
Have you allowed Jesus Christ to stand with you in your boat and speak His peace over the things from your past that still haunt and trouble you ?
Are you aware that as you continue your journey through this life .. it is the resolved issues from your past that you will be able to benefit from in your future .. You will never be able to reap anything good out of all the unresolved issues that you carry around with you !!
The great tragedy with many of us however, is that we have become so obsessed with keeping our pain active and alive .. and the reason that this truth is so tragic and sad, is because your true power and future potential can never be activated and set in motion because your past remains so unresolved.
You have become a prisoner of your past .. handcuffed and jailed by each and every uncertain, unanswered and unsettled event that you have managed to squeeze into that suitcase that you drag everywhere with you.
But if you have any hope what-so-ever of witnessing God's great power shining through the pain of your past experiences .. You are going to have to make some serious choices.
You are going to have to decide to allow God's healing process to take hold of your heart and your mind, so that He can lead you away from all your resentment and bitterness, into a solution that will break your chains and remove the handcuffs of the past .. so that you may have and enjoy the freedom that Jesus died to give you.
You are going to have to learn to let yourself trust again .. because if you do not, you will just continue to cut yourself off from the loving, caring arms of God, Who is so desperate to share with you His freedom and release.
The next time you open your mouth to speak .. can you for just a moment pay very careful attention to what you hear yourself saying ..
For many of us, all we can talk about is our past .. and we do this because sadly we stopped living all those years ago .. we speak of our past, as if it were the present .. our past has done such a brilliant job of stealing the present right out of our hands .. Are you satisfied and happy enough to carry on like this ? ..
IF NOT THEN IN JESUS NAME .. STAND UP AND CLAIM YOUR LIFE BACK !!
God's healing process together with His grace and power allows you the freedom to taste life again .. free from the chains that are tying you to yesterday .. free from the suitcase that has been blocking your footsteps into the wonderful, exciting, blessed here and now that God has waiting just for you.
GOD I THANK YOU FOR HAVING FAITH IN ME .. UNTIL I LEARNED TO HAVE FAITH IN YOU