A few days ago, the Crufts Dog Show, billed as The Largest Dog Show in the World, awarded a Westie the title of Best in Show. But I like to watch the obedience classes, and especially the heelwork demonstrations (. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-1OQ0GTMRE&index=5&list=PLq-moO5LC2-mKEeV7YF_irfvQpdjgL43_) This is where skilled dog trainers show off the talents of their faithful canine companions, who appear to be surgically glued to their heels. The dogs watch every movement, responding instantly and obediently to commands and hand gestures.
In Matthew 8:23-27 we read of when Jesus was in a boat with his disciples, and a severe storm rose up . The New Testament Greek words describe this so accurately, as a “seismos megas” . Seismos is the root word of our word “seismic” – relating to earthquakes, and “megas” means “great”. This was no little squall. I have often read the wonderful verse after Jesus calms this storm, at the amazement of the disciples. They said “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” But Eugene Peterson’s wonderful rendition of this in The Message reads: “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!”

Bringing the weather to heel. Now that’s what I call authority. We often glibly say that no-one can control the weather; but Jesus can. We often pray for fine weather on family and social occasions. But Matthew is speaking of a storm of earthquake proportions being silenced in an instant. The waves and the wind are not allowed to move unless he says so.

LOZENGE MOMENT – something to savour the taste of…
What is beyond your control today? Does it seem seismic and terrifying? Life’s storms are very real, and often overwhelming. Like those early disciples, we are convinced we may actually die. God controls the uncontrollable, and brings storms to heel. They have to obey Him. Trust God to get you through today, with all its storms and challenges.

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