Choppy Waters

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A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4: 37-41

Fishing on the expansive waters of Lake of the Woods in Ontario, Canada, is an adventure in itself. The beautiful scenery, rugged terrain, and abundant wildlife make an idyllic setting for a relaxing vacation. However, on windy days, the lake takes on a dangerous character. One particular August day, we traveled up the lake to our favorite fishing spots in pursuit of walleye and northern pike, oblivious to a storm front moving in. Coming back to our lodge in the evening was an extremely uncomfortable ride! Our small fishing vessel was hitting white-capping waves, bouncing us in our seats, slamming us down on impact, jarring our weary bones! As I was being jostled around by the waves, I couldn’t help but recall this scripture about Jesus calming the sea.

The disciples had Jesus right there with them in the boat, yet they were afraid for their lives. We might tend to scoff at the disciples’ lack of insight and faith, yet we can be just as guilty. Whenever we face the choppy waters of life, we often panic or feel overwhelmed instead of relying on the Lord. But just as with the disciples, Jesus is the One who can calm those uncertain times of our lives. The Bible clearly teaches us…Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

He who has command over the wind and waves can surely quiet your worries and qualms whenever you face dubious circumstances. Allow Jesus to calm your storms and give you peace through whatever experiences you might face.

Donna Coffey

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