Ruth and I love to cruise. From the moment you step onto the ship, your greatest concern is do I want 2 desserts or 3? The ships staff is there for your every need, want and desire.
Entertainment of every sort, from Broadway styled shows to rock climbing. You can sleep all day, read a book or just soak up the rays. And, you get to cruise from port to port experiencing new and exotic sights, sounds and smells. Calm seas, hot sun, salt air. It feels like a slice of heaven on earth.
The truth is, that’s not the reality of life. Its not just one long cruise where everything goes your way.
If I had to guess, I’d have to say that when the Disciples got in the boat with Jesus, this was kind of what they imagined—“WE’ER IN THE BOAT WITH JESUS—THIS IS GREAT!!” They were expecting smooth sailing across a calm sea under a moon lit sky. What a surprise when things got rough and then it all broke loose—just like our lives. One moment things are going along pretty smooth and then—BAM!! The bottom drops out! Now what?
In those minutes between when the seas got rough and the disciples finally called on Jesus to calm them, I wonder what was going through their minds—really going through their minds.
“He can’t really be the Son of God—look at the mess He has us in.”
“If He was really God, He would know how scared I am and give me some comfort.”
“If this storm gets any worse, I’m jumping overboard and swimming for shore.”
Admit it, all of us at some time or other have gotten our knickers in a not because things have gotten a bit rougher than we planned on and Jesus is not doing what we expect. We signed up to cruise—when we should have been part of the crew following our Captain. So—what’s going on in your heart when the seas get rough? Are you resting in the peace and knowledge that Christ is in control of everything or are you getting a little “tense” because He’s not livening up to our “calm seas cruise” expectations?
Lord, let my heart be at peace even in the roughest seasons of life, knowing that You are in control of everything! Amen – Steve Schmidt serves on the full-time staff is a regular Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: How many times have we had to reach the end of our own resources before we remembered to trust in God, the one steadfast resource of our lives? We’re all in need of a spiritual exodus day by day. When our faith causes difficulties, our first response is to fall back on our familiar resources-people, things, self – and only when these do not help can we truly lean only upon God for our needs.Joel Gregory
Verse to Memorize: Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness. The entirety of Your word is truth, and everyone of Your judgments endures forever. Psalm 119:159-160