All we need to do is trust Him
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said
to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out.
Many of the disciples were experienced fishermen on the
Sea of Galilee. They had often weathered sudden squalls and treacherous waves.
They knew that storms could come out of nowhere. So when Jesus suggested rowing
to the other side of the lake, they knew they had to be ready for anything.
In the seas of life, we grow to learn that storms can sneak
up on us. A bill out of nowhere can take a bite out of your paycheck. A parent
suddenly becomes ill, and you become a caregiver. A child’s bad decision can lead
to a day in court and a prison sentence. Such storms cause our anxiety to rise
to dangerous levels. We look for help from someone to calm us down, fix the
problem, and restore life to the way it was.
The disciples never stopped to think what it meant to have
Jesus in the boat with them. And, to them, he wasn’t doing anything! But, of
course, he was sleeping—not worrying or getting frantic about the storm. The
disciples spent so much energy trying to save themselves from the storm on
their own power that they forgot to be still and recognize that Jesus is God,
who had their lives in his hands. Jesus was in their boat. All they needed to
do was trust in him.
You and I cannot control the sudden storms of life. That’s
the way life is. But Jesus is with us. And that’s the best thing.
Dear Lord, thank You for being in our boat. Your resting
does not mean inaction; it reminds us to place all our anxieties on you because
you care for us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
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