Today you might be enjoying beautiful sunny weather and “life is good,” and if so, give thanks to God for the blessing of sunshine in your life. The very last verse in the Psalms, Psalm 150:6 says this – “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the Lord.”
But today you might be facing a storm. It might be a never ending breeze that just keeps blowing you slightly off course. Or it could be a storm of historic proportions that threatens to sink your boat.
On October 28, 1991 the fishing vessel the “Andrea Gail” was lost at sea in what has become known as The Perfect Storm. David Vallee, a National Weather Service forecaster, who tracked this deadly storm said that three weather systems, three pieces of energy, came together to create this phenomenon. Vallee said this, “This was truly an awesome example of nature taking advantage of everything she’s got available.”
In mid-October of that year the seventy foot “Andrea Gail” set sail from Gloucester, Massachusetts and headed north to the fishing grounds of the North Atlantic. On October 28, after a somewhat lackluster sword fishing expedition Captain Billy Tyne and his crew were heading home when he gave this message to his fellow fishing boats farther from the storm – “She’s comin’ on boys, and she’s comin’ on strong.” No one heard from the “Andrea Gail” ever again. Within hours of that message the “Andrea Gail” was lost at sea along with her crew of six. Days later search and rescue teams found a few of the boat’s fuel drums but the boat and its crew members have never been found.
Just like the “Andrea Gail,” we sometimes find ourselves in the midst of a storm. Storms that rock our lives and seem to threaten the very foundation we stand upon. Storms that cause us to become discouraged and ready to give up. Sometimes the storm is caused by only one piece of energy, other times, three pieces of energy, thereby creating a massive “perfect storm.”
So how can you weather these storms of life? It begins by putting your trust in Jesus and knowing that He is your anchor. Hebrews 6:19 tells us that Jesus is “an anchor for our soul, firm and secure.” It is knowing that God has a plan and that He is in control. Psalm 46:1 says this – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” And in Isaiah 25:4 we read these assuring words – “You have been refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”
Jesus promises to be right there with you, every step of the way. Not only is Jesus a licensed boat captain, He is also a certified lifeguard. He is qualified to navigate your boat through the storms and He is qualified to rescue you from the raging ocean waters should you fall off the boat during the storm. Jesus reaches out His hand to you and says “grab hold.” Corrie Ten Boom put it this way – “When Jesus takes you hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through your whole life. When Jesus leads you through your whole life, He brings you home safely.”
Regardless of whether the storm you face today is the Perfect Storm or simply a tropical depression, take shelter in Jesus. And when you hear Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gail yell out, “She’s comin’ on boys, and she’s comin’ on strong,” don’t lose all hope, instead, cling to Jesus, and trust completely that unlike the captain and crew of that fishing vessel who have never been found, you will be brought to safety in the loving arms of Jesus.
New Bern, North Carolina