Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. - Matthew 8:24Overwhelmed, fear, scared, anxious, about to give up? Such feelings in life are like the furious waves of the sea that the disciples experienced that day with Jesus in the boat. What started as a normal day of traveling turned into a nightmare. Life sends us challenges and it is easy to despair like all others in the world. We are very prone to forget that Jesus is with us in the boat, He is the one in full control. We should remind ourselves that the Lord will never allow us to handle to much beyond our ability. He loves us and desires to take care of each one of us. I have a plaque hanging on my wall for many years, it simply says: "The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot sustain you." How true for those disciples in the boat and how true for us today!Our cry happens, "Lord save us!" and yes He will. It is not wrong to cry this but it is wrong to have unbelief when doing so. The sheep calls for the shepherd and He hears their cry, Christ hears the cries of our heart when we are overwhelmed. As we grow as children of God we can start to even cease our anxiousness and when the waves come we can rest beside Jesus in the boat, trusting He will care for us. Whether your life is calm or there is a furious storm brewing, having your confidence in Jesus to see you through the storm should put your heart at rest. Take a moment now and see him in your boat and life, take a deep breath and fix your eyes on Him (Hebrews 12:2). Another interesting aspect to this story in the Gospels is that the early believers saw the ship as a symbol of of the very Church they belonged to. Noah's ark was seen as a type of Church (1 Peter 3:20-21), as well the Apostles on the sea of Galilee in the boat (Mark 4:35-41). It was a wooden vessel and our saviour was nailed to a wooden cross. It's place is in the water which symbolizes baptism that saves those who believe. What a re-assurance and calm it can put in our soul realizing we are in the boat of salvation, part of the body of Christ. The Church goes through waves and troubles yet God will preserve those therein. And the focal point, as it was for the Apostles in the boat is the same in the Church. For them it was the sleeping Christ and for us it is the risen Head of the Church, Jesus Christ. Tossed to and fro today? Let Christ be your peace.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
God bless you dear brother!