FACING THE STORMS OF LIFE!
“Then He (Jesus) got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’” (Matthew 8:23-25 NIV)
Billy Tyne, the captain of a sword-fishing boat, set out with his crew in October, 1991, for one last try at a big catch. However, when a unique set of weather conditions combined in the North Atlantic to form what meteorologists later called “The Perfect Storm,” Tyne and the rest of the crew of the Andrea Gail perished.
According to locals, weather over the Sea of Galilee in Israel can be equally unpredictable. A squall can rise up at a moment’s notice, hitting with such a fury that fishermen in the area must be quick on their feet and ready for anything. At least four of Jesus’ disciples – Peter, Andrew, James and John – made their living as fishermen. Certainly they knew of Galilee’s infamous storms. Yet as Jesus slept in the ship’s bow, even these seasoned sailors panicked when the storm rose. After waking Jesus from his slumber, they pleaded, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Imagine a storm so intense that even hardened fishermen cowered in fear.
Jesus responded with a rebuke: “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26). As the disciples faced the greatest storm Galilee had ever thrown at them, Jesus expected them to trust Him first. And then He calmed the storm.
Life often seems to rise up against us when we least expect it. A dark spot shows up on an X-ray. A pink slip lands on our desk at work. A quarterly report reveals a serious downturn in revenues. Suddenly our deepest fears rise to the surface. So we look to the sky and plead, “Lord, save us!”
And Jesus responds, “Don’t be afraid. Trust Me first.”
The next time a “storm” blows into your life, remember what Jesus asks. Trust Him first, no matter how overwhelming the storm appears.
Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!
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