Where do we turn when we are desperate? Who do we turn to? When storms blow in and darkness surrounds us holding us down so we can't escape, when the explosion of thunder assaults our calm booming in our ear while wind out of nowhere whips us around, our day to day routine is replaced with crisis. Jolted and gripped by the sudden onslaught of our new reality, we are left helpless. The storm is unapologetic, bringing us to our knees, destroying the world we know and sometimes even the ones we love.
We cry out to God for mercy which sounds like, "Please, God. Help!" We are powerless to stop the storms of life, but we know if He will, He is the only one who can. We may not have turned to Him when life was good, but now that we are desperate, we know He is the only one who can bring order back.
For the father in Capernaum who had a son that was deathly ill, there was urgent desperation when he sought out Jesus. Like many at that time he sought Jesus only to get a miracle. More than anything else, he wanted his son to live. Despite his weak faith, Jesus had compassion for him. Instead of going to his son as the father requested, Jesus simply said to him, "Your son will live." The father then returned home and found his son had been made well. When he asked what time his son began recovering, it corresponded with the time that Jesus spoke to him. The father's faith grew from that moment and his entire household believed in Jesus.
For this father, Jesus not only showed him mercy, but showed him grace by healing his son and then giving him stronger faith. For those of us who question as we face an uncertain future, or for those of us who have experienced the cold bite that takes and doesn't give back, know this; Jesus Christ is more when we now have less. If we turn to Him for our rescue (because He is God,) He is rich in mercy and He has the power to cause the sun to push the storm away giving us hope.
Sometimes though, He allows us to undergo the storm and it rages on and seems like more than we can bear. Yet, when we turn around and put our trust in Jesus as our Savior, He never lets the storm destroy us. By His grace, He gives us His Holy Spirit which is our ever present help in time of need. We will never face storms alone.