A Note from the Director of Youth & Families

October 2022

Grant Hartsell

Storms come to us all. When you face one, it’s easy to often wonder if God really cares about you. You might feel like He’s far away from you, or that He doesn’t hear you or care when you’re faced with something really tough. The disciples felt the same way when they were faced with a storm.

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?” – Mark 4:38 (NIV)

Here we see the disciples questioning God’s love. They asked Jesus if He cared that they were about to drown. That is a bit of a funny question because they were there with the son of God. He had come to the earth to give His life for them. That was the act of ultimate love, and yet during a storm, they began to question God’s love.

That’s easy for us all to do. When we are in a difficult season and we wonder, does God hear us? Does He really care about what we’re going through?

The truth is that God does care. He sent His son Jesus for us. He loves us and wants us to have a good and full life. So, when you begin to question whether God hears or cares, realize that He absolutely does care. He came to the world because He cares for you. Whether your problem is big or little, Jesus cares and wants to help you in each difficult situation that you face.