Calm in the Storms…
The Apostles, who had gone off by boat toward Bethsaida, found themselves in rough waters:
When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore. Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were (completely) astounded. -Mark 6:47-51, NAB
The rough waters were causing the Apostles to struggle, and they were having a difficult time getting to their destination. Imagine their surprise when they saw Jesus come walking by on the water. It completely terrified them.
Our lives are full of troubled waters. We may set sail on calm waters, but we know that the storms of life will eventually come. When they do, will we recognize Jesus walking by, or will we be terrified like the Apostles? Recognizing Him may be the key to finding calmer waters again.
At times, our troubles will toss around our little boats with ease. Our goal quickly becomes just trying to hang on and weather the storm. Yet, if we can recognize and have faith in Jesus, we can do more than just survive – we can keep moving forward toward our destination.
God may not always quiet the storms around us, but He will give us the tools we need to navigate through them. He will give us courage, wisdom, patience, and strength. He will make sure that we have everything it takes to sail the choppy seas, and He will never leave our side. When the waves are crashing down upon us, He will climb into the boat so that we can face the storms together.
The world may be causing your life to be tossed around like the Apostles’ boat, but let Christ take the helm; He can help you survive any storm.