Your Are With Me

Scripture Ref: Matthew 8:23-27 (NIV)

This past week we have all been cooped up.

I don’t know about you but that had me reminiscing about being able to go out.

I was thinking about the time I went to this party in what was a seedy part of Bed-Stuy.

I didn’t know the area.

I didn’t know who was giving the party.

I had no business being there.

But my friend Derrick invited me.

I told him I didn’t know how I was going to get in but he said, You are with me.

There are some things you are going to see, some things you are going to experience if you are with the right person who says, you are with me.

It was just the type of place I had seen on the tv where people get arrested for just being there.

People get shot for looking at someone the wrong way.

People get killed for being in the wrong way at the wrong time.

I wasn’t connected enough to even know about this party let alone get into this party.

He went straight in.

I was stopped.

He didn’t even look at the guy at the door, my friend looked at me and said, “Come on.”

When I motioned to the guy at the door, my friend “You are with me.”

That’s all it took, You are with me.

So here we are, in this smokey basement, where people are smoking everything, somethings I couldn’t identify.

A few people are snorting openly.

My friend and I go over to the bar.

We order drinks and then he excuses himself to go in the back.

And now I’m all alone.

It didn’t take long for all my fears to be realized.

One guy comes to the bar and starts yelling at another guy.

I’m deep in the midst of this club and in the midst of this fight.

I’m looking around for my friend because remember he said, you are with me.

But he’s in the back doing God knows what.

I’m thinking to myself; I know this negro didn’t bring me here to abandon me.

Doesn’t he care about what is going to happen to me.

Have you ever been there?

Some of you have been right there.

In the club, in danger, and your friend is nowhere.

Maybe it was another situation, a situation, where you trusted that the person you came with was going to watch out for you?

It could have been in school friend and the bully threatened them and you and they ran.

It could have been an authority figure that should have protected you, but they didn’t do their job.

Maybe it was a virus spreading around the world and the people you trust in leadership are not doing what they should and you feel left alone.

In fact, you are now locked up in your house, apartment, or room, wondering if the world is going to end.

You have to deal with a shortage of food, sanitizer, soap, even God-forbid, toilet tissue.

You are left alone in the middle of this storm

Many of us, if not all of us have been there.

You are in danger and don’t know who is going to come to your rescue.

I imagine that is how the disciples felt about Jesus as they are in the midst of the storm.

Let’s look at this scripture.

[Matthew 8:23-27 (NIV)]

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Have you ever felt like Jesus was sleeping through your storm?

There you are sick in bed and you don’t hear from Jesus.

He must be sleeping on you.

Your relationship with your husband or wife is falling apart but not a word from Jesus.

He must be sleeping on you.

You lose your job, now your apartment, but not a word from Jesus.

He must be sleeping on you.

The government announces that upwards of 25 million people can get sick from the coronavirus and untold numbers will die, but not a word from Jesus.

He must be sleeping on all of us.

We are in the midst of our storms and we wonder, where is Jesus and what is He doing?