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Weathering The Storm

September 27, 2012
“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  The disciples woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown.’  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Peace!  Be still!’  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to His disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?’  They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this?  Even the wind and waves obey Him!”  Mark 4: 37-41
A Canadian friend and I were exchanging testimonies yesterday, so I thought I would also share this story here today:
Back in 1992 I was working as a Psychiatric Technician in a mental health facility.  I was at the nurses station charting when this HUGE patient came up and punched out the wire reinforced window, during a fit of rage.  There was glass and blood everywhere.  This guy was six foot eight and weighed over 400 pounds.  All the staff stood up and looked at each other first in disbelief and then everyone turned and looked at me expecting that I should be the one to do something about the problem at hand.
I stepped out of the station and into the hallway about 8 feet away from the troubled patient.  The psychiatrist asked the patient if he was alright, but got no response.  Then I spoke to the giant, asking him to calm down.  He raised his fist and took a big step towards me.  I asked him to think about what he was doing.  Again no response.  Then I said, “You are a big man and you could hurt me, but I am pretty big too and you are also going to get hurt if you want to fight.”  Again no response.  Then I stepped right up to him and whispered in his ear.  Immediately he calmly turned around and went back to his room.
The staff was dumbfounded and the psychiatrist who was a German Jew asked me, “Vat did ewe say to heem?”  I then faced everyone and said, ” I just told him peace, be still, in Jesus Name.”  The Doc did not know what to say at first, but a few moments later he actually said, “Jesus huh? I don’t understand it, but it worked. Good job Kirk.”  All the other staff just smiled and nodded in agreement.  
During the clean up I was asked very probing questions about what happened and I just kept giving all the credit and glory to Jesus.  Several days later I worked a midnight shift and the nurse who worked nights questioned me about the incident.  After a couple of hours of conversation she asked Jesus to invade her life and she still serves Him to this day.  The name of Jesus is very powerful and He can calm any storm, be it weather or emotional.  Anyway, that’s just another day in the life of this long haired Jesus freak.
Love and ……
Kirk Out !



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  1. tavishagrant1 permalink

    That’s a very Jesus-like moment. No fanfare or drama. Just a simple command in the most powerful of names. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pam Smith permalink

    I had forgotten about this story. Good refresher. It’s always a great reminder that there is total peace in the name of Jesus. It’s only with Jesus we can really have true peace. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Thanks for sharing this Chris. I allege you, brother.

  4. I meant, I appreciate you, brother!

  5. "BK" Zimmer permalink

    Awesome, Chris. I am a firm believer that this is the right and privilege of everyone who walks in Jesus. I had a similiar experience once about as many years ago. I had dropped someone off at SeaTac airport and was leaving when I heard yelling and swearing. I looked over and saw a young man on his feet screaming. Someone grabbed him and pulled his suit coat down over his arms, straight jacket style. He continued screaming and swearing. I turned in at the gate and walked up. A young woman who appeared to be his sister looked helplessy at me, wide eyed and said, “I don’t know what to do.” I smiled and said, “It’ll be ok”. I bent over and spoke quietly in his ear, “Son, Jesus is going to help you now, and then just quietly prayed for him.” He immediately came to his senses, dazed a bit, and put his coat back on properly. I smiled at his sister and said, “He’ll be ok now” and then left as security was arriving. Amen to His power. Thanks for the memory and the ability to share it. I am always so thankful when I see the book of the Acts of the Holy Spirit continuing to this day. Hugz to you, “BK”

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