Thursday, March 9th (Day Eight)
Discern Interior Movements of Healing and Intimacy with God
Calming of the Sea, Luke 8:22-25
Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.
Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
Read Luke 8:22-25 five times very slowly. The time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following as food for thought:
I imagine myself as one of the disciples getting into the boat. I feel excited that we are taking the ministry to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Who would we encounter? What would they think of Jesus? I sense that there is good work to be done. After a few minutes I watch Jesus get comfortable, as he pulls a tarp over him and closes his eyes. He looked exhausted. A soon as he fell asleep the sea started to churn and a strong wind began to blow. Somehow it seemed more ominous than a usual storm, even than a big storm. I had a feeling of dread as if something was about to engulf us; as if something destructive was upon us. We started to take on water. I helped, along with others, to bail the water out of the boat. Strangely it was as if the storm did not want us to get to our destination. Some of the other disciples woke up Jesus. They seemed to blame Jesus for the situation. I thought that to be quite odd. Jesus, opens his eyes, he stretches and with seeming nonchalance rebukes the storm, as if he is talking to someone. It was as if the storm was conscious of, and could hear Jesus’ voice. Then it was as though the storm ran away in the face of the Lord’s rebuke and all became calm. I asked Jesus what had just happened. He said, “This was an attack by an enemy who does not want us to get to our destination. My face must have been incredulous as Jesus continued to speak saying, “Gene, by faith in God, faith in me, you and all my disciples will overcome, but expect that there will be storms, trials, and difficulties along the way. The enemy does not want the Gospel to be shared.” Then Jesus turned to us all and with great authority said “Where is your faith?” I just stood astonished at the event and the lesson that Christ paves the way, rebuking the enemy, who stands in our way. In this we can have great faith.