You are sailing along tending to your business when “out of the blue” comes a storm that upsets your boat, messes up your well laid out plans, tosses your cherished comforts into the raging seas, and leaves you feeling helpless in the grip of the storm. You think to yourself, “This is the holidays and the worst possible time for that to happen.” So what do you do when your boat capsizes and begins to sink?
“Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.” Psalm 107:23-32
Every storm is a call to trust God. Every storm is a call to pray to the One who can both calm the storm and calm you in the midst of the storm.
Every storm is a call to give thanks to God for His faithfulness and His loving kindness. Will you join us in praising and thanking God this Thanksgiving, regardless of the condition of your boat?
New Bern, North Carolina