When the boat’s a rockin’, don’t come knockin’..

We all experience storms of life.

There’s really no way to avoid them.

Some are caused by our own decisions and some happen without our promptings.

  • The unexpected lost job due to a failing economy..
  • a teenager, although having been “raised right” chooses a path that you don’t approve of..
  • the death of a parent before you had time to reconcile..
  • a medical bill that you thought insurance would surely cover..
  • a simple disagreement that divides a family..
  • an oppressive boss and a dead-end job that leads to the feeling of being trapped..
  • the guilt and shame of “going too far” on a date with that guy/girl..
  • the insecurity and inward focus of feeling like you’re just not good enough..
  • a spouse that has cheated on and/or abandoned you..
  • depression..
  • illness..
  • finances..
  • choices..

They’re all storms in our life that disrupt our desire for a pastoral, comfortable, easy, burden-free, posh, feel-good future.

Remember this story from Luke 8:22-25:

One day he and his disciples got in a boat. “Let’s cross the lake,” he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize.

They woke Jesus: “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
Getting to his feet, he told the wind, “Silence!” and the waves, “Quiet down!” They did it. The lake became smooth as glass.

Then he said to his disciples, “Why can’t you trust me?”
They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, “Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what he tells them!”

You see, the simple trite answer is to say, “Just trust Jesus.” And while that is entirely true..it’s entirely difficult. Because in the middle of the storm it is hard to see the calm.

Think about this..

The Creator of the universe, the Maker of the heavens and the earth, could certainly stop any storm He wanted too. And Jesus did, indeed, stop the winds and the waves in the story above. But he could’ve prevented it altogether. He could’ve stopped the captain and navigated him around the storm. BUT..He didn’t.

  • He allowed the storm..
  • He waited on the disciples to call out to Him..
  • He answered their cries (albeit at the very last second)..
  • He reminded them that He was able, and that they should trust Him..

As you feel the weight of the storm and it’s affect..and even though it feels like you could capsize at any moment..Christ is there. Call out to Him. He knows you’re in the storm. He allowed it. And only He can calm it.

Would you share your story with us?

Can you tell us about a time when you were near capsizing, when Christ calmed your storm?

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  • Brandi

    I needed the reminder today. Thanks!

  • waves Chris, waves..from the storm..

  • Raul Rodriguez

    Good post, Trey. Thanks for sharing.

  • Boy, your title sure did get me to read this. I was wondering, “What in the world is he blogging about today?!?!”

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