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A Storm at Sea

Have you ever witnessed a thunderstorm over the ocean? We enjoy spending time at the beach. And when we go for more than just the day we try to stay in an oceanfront hotel. When at the beach we hope for sunny days; days relaxing in the sun and surf. But also, there is something fascinating about seeing lightning out over the water as the wind blows across the ocean and the ominous clouds pelt the sand and sea with rain, especially the storms that occur at night.

Experiencing a thunderstorm from the safety of a hotel balcony is one thing, but it would be another thing to be out on the water during that storm. The waves would be rough, the winds fierce, the skies dark, and the rain blinding, and your boat on the verge of capsizing. It would be dangerous, not a place anyone would ever hope to find themselves.

Maybe right now you find yourself in the midst of a storm. It could be you are facing a serious health issue. Your finances are a disaster. Your marriage is on the rocks. You have aging parents that need constant looking after. Whatever the storm is you are facing, you are fearful that it is too big for you to handle. You feel as if the water is rising quickly and it will soon be over your head.

In the midst of the storm we want to offer a bit of hope. Scripture tells us that regardless of whether the storm you are facing was forecasted or it came as a total surprise, one thing remains – Jesus is with you and is your anchor in the midst of the storm. Jesus calls us to have faith in Him; to put our complete trust in Him.

There is a story found in three of the four gospels. It talks about a storm, the fear and lack of faith of the disciples in the midst of the storm, and the power of Jesus to calm that storm. Jesus and the disciples are in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when they encounter a storm. Their boat is in danger of sinking. The story tells us that during this storm Jesus was sleeping. The disciples woke him, likely in a panic, and here is what we read in Mark 4:38-39 – 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, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

So today if you have not yet put your trust in Jesus, pray and ask Him into your heart and accept all that He has for you. If you are already a follower of Jesus but find it hard to calm your inner soul, then right now pray and ask Jesus for a peace that passes all understanding, a peace that that is stronger than the storm, a peace anchored in Him.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

7/24/2017

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