I will never forget the day we walked into a hospital in Orlando Florida excited about meeting a newborn baby boy that we could potentially adopt. We had no kids at the time. We dealt with infertility for many years and had recently opened our hearts to adoption. We anxiously walked into the NICU and met the attorney. She sat with us for a few minutes explaining the situation. She told us that she did not have any medical history on the baby. He was 3lbs 11oz. What’s crazy is he was not a preemie. We weren’t sure why he was so small. Then the attorney told us that we could go in and see the baby, but we had 15 minutes. She looked right at us and said, “I need a yes or no”. We had 15 minutes to make one of the biggest decisions of our lives. We had nothing for a baby. We didn’t have 9 months to prepare. My wife Sandra has just started a new job 2 days earlier. We now had 15 minutes to say “yes or no”. After seeing and holding the baby, Sandra looked at me and asked me and said, “well, what do you think?” I looked at her and said the now-famous words, “why would we say no?” We said “yes”!
In Luke 8 we see the story of Jesus and His disciples in a boat during a storm. We all know this story and how it ends, but if you look closer, you may see something very significant. In the beginning of this story, Jesus essentially asks His disciples to take Him across the lake to the other side. The disciples could have said “no”. But instead, they said “yes”. Once they headed across the lake a storm came and the Bible says, they were in great danger. During this time Jesus is not frantically trying to get the water out of the boat or concerned about how dire the situation is. He is asleep. The disciples eventually wake Him up and basically rebuke Him for not caring that they were about to drown. Jesus stands up and simply rebukes the wind and the waves, and all becomes calm. Great story right? There’s just one problem. Jesus wanted to go to the other side of the lake. They are in the middle of the lake in a sailboat, with no wind. The very thing they needed to get them to the place Jesus wanted them to go was now gone. This is very significant to me because we often pray and ask God to take something away completely that He may in fact be using to bring you to a place you would have never gone to unless you had been through that particular storm.
Here are several things that will happen when you say “YES” to God:
1. If he says it, it WILL happen
Jesus wanted to go to the other side of the lake. That was His will and the Bible says He only did the will of His Father. Just remember that if God has told you something will happen, it will happen. Do give up. Don’t be discouraged. Jesus did not say, us go half way across the lake and drown”. He said, “let us go to the other side of the lake”.
2. Your “YES” will impact someone else
There was a demoniac on the other side of the lake. That was someone who was bound by the enemy and needed to be set free. Never ever forget that your “Yes” will impact someone’s life.
3. Expect a storm
The Bible said a squall arose. A squall is a sudden violent gust of wind or a localized storm, especially one bringing rain. When we say “YES” to God, the enemy will immediately hit us with a storm. Someone reading this may be in their own storm right now. Please understand that when move forward in the direction God has for us, the devil will retaliate. He only attacks what is a threat to him.
4. It will seem like Jesus is asleep
How often does it feel like Jesus is asleep in the middle of our storm? He’s not asleep, but it can feel that way. How can Jesus be seemingly asleep in the middle of your storm? Because he was at peace. He said he was going to the other side. He was confident that they were going to make it over. We will often stay awake at night, worrying about things that Jesus is asleep over. If Jesus isn’t worried, we don’t need to be worried.
5. Jesus has the power to rebuke the storm for you
But we now have a problem. We have no wind. They were in a sailboat – they needed wind. The very thing they needed to get them to their destiny, at least at that moment, almost killed them. Sometimes we cry out for Jesus to take away the very thing that will propel us to the next place God wants us to go. The very storm that almost took you out, may in fact be the very wind you need to propel you to the next level of ministry