Brandon Mumaw, Buffalo Bulls

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My name is Brandon Mumaw and I became a follower of Jesus Christ four years ago. I can remember our Baseball Team Chaplin, John Zeller, giving a message that really hit home with me and I experienced this feeling in me to accept the words I was hearing and make the bold decision to let Christ into my life and fully live for Him. Making this commitment was just the first step in my journey with Christ. Over these last four years as a follower of Jesus I have experienced the Holy Spirit working in me in many ways. But, these last four years haven’t been perfect, things don’t just immediately change and life is all of a sudden worry free, I’m not all of a sudden healthy, I don’t miraculously make friends and please everyone I meet, and allowing Jesus into my life doesn’t mean I have begun to live a perfect and sinless life. But, one thing that is different as a follower of Jesus is my confidence and faith in Jesus Christ, with Him as the number one priority in my life I am no longer afraid of what this world has to offer. I have confidence that my Lord has control over all things and I no longer let small things that used to worry and concern me bother me. I trust that our powerful Creator will still my fears.The book of Mark recalls a night where the disciples were in a boat with Jesus. There was a storm that night that caused the waves to go over the side of the boat. At the time, Jesus was asleep in the boat, so because the disciples were in fear they would drown, they quickly woke up Jesus. It only took a few words from Jesus to calm the storm, “Quite! Be still!” is what our All Powerful Lord said, and the waves and wind listened to Him and the sea became completely calm (Mark 4:35-41). We learn from this story that even the disciples who were living with and following Jesus at this time were experiencing “storms” in their lives. Even when we start living as a follower of Jesus, we will still have these storms in our lives, but because Christ is with us, these storms will not stop us from where we are trying to go, just as the storm did not stop the disciples and Jesus from getting to the other side of the sea to the region of Gerasenes (Mark 5:1). Whether the storm we encounter is the passing of a loved one, loss of employment, or some other tragic event, we can be confident that not all is lost, we still have our Lord and Savior controlling the storm and guiding us through life.

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