Stormy with a Chance of Grace | Have A Little Faith with Nadia Bolz-Weber
Bad things happen to all people— it’s inevitable. Instead of wishing away the storms in your life, Nadia Bolz-Weber advises us to keep the faith today and every day.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: There's a story told a gazillion times in the gospels were the disciples are in a boat on the sea and a storm hits and they freak out and Jesus calms the storm and then asks them where their faith is, which has always felt a little unfair to me because they were in real danger, not made up danger. Their boat was literally filling with water. So if they were freaking out, it was not due to neuroses or an anxiety disorder. I think that when Jesus calmed the storm and asked, "Where is your faith?", maybe it wasn't an accusation. Maybe it was an invitation, an invitation to reflect on what it means to be alive on the other side of a situation we thought would kill us-- a divorce, an illness, the death of a parent, a loss of a job, depression, middle school, all the things that feel like they're going to kill us. But honestly, if it does kill us, then we're dead and we're not really worrying about much anymore. But if it doesn't kill us, then maybe we get to ask questions like where was my faith? What did I fear? Because being people of faith doesn't give us special dispensation for an easier, storm free life. But if we just have enough faith or we just think positively enough, we will draw only good things to ourself. But honestly, life doesn't work like that. We all know that bad things happen to all people and to think that storms happen because we didn't think enough positive thoughts or practice the right kind of religion is just spiritual narcissism. Faith is a way to find meaning in a life where storms are just inevitable. So here's the thing. I have a goal. You know how you'll be in a personal storm and you think this might kill me, but when you look back on it six months or a year later, after everything worked out, or didn't, but you're still alive and the world didn't end and you think, I don't know why I was so freaked out. Well, I want someday to get to the point where I can trust God in the moment and not just in retrospect. [MUSIC PLAYING]